The Washington Mystics lost to a Chicago Sky 70-56 on Saturday afternoon. While the Sky did not shoot particularly well (36.7 percent overall), the Mystics were much worse, shooting just 25 percent overall and 13.3 percent from the three-point line.
How did things get bad? A 24 to 11 run by the Sky in the second quarter was the Achilles heel here. While the Sky shot just 33.3 percent (which is a good thing for the Mystics’ hopes of being a defensive stalwart), they shot a woeful 1-of-18 from the field with Tina Charles making the only field goal of the period. Charles led Washington with 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. That’s a bad shooting night, but it was better than the Mystics’ average. She was the only player to score in double figures today.
As for the Sky, Candace Parker scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in her Chicago debut. Kahleah Copper led Chicago with 19 points.
Washington’s next game is on Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Mercury. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET. While Elena Delle Donne is out due to injury and Myisha Hines-Allen is still overseas, the Mystics can’t start a season looking like the Wizards did to start their regular season last December.
I can understand a loss and a blowout loss in a vacuum when top players are out. But 25 percent shooting overall? Unacceptable.