The Washington Mystics’ early season woes are continuing, this time with a 86-81 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.
Washington and Connecticut had nine lead changes in this contest and they entered the fourth quarter with a 63-62 lead. However, things began to unravel in that last quarter as the Mystics missed key shots and committed five turnovers which kept the game just out of reach for them. Washington was behind 82-79 with about 10 seconds left and played a full court press, but gave up a late score that put the game away.
Jonquel Jones was amazing for Connecticut tonight, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds where she has a double-double in six straight games. DeWanna Bonner also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Mystics, Tina Charles scored 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting and Ariel Atkins added 20 more. Sydney Wiese added 12 points and got the start tonight to play alongside Natasha Cloud since an earlier lineup change where Leilani Mitchell came off the bench. Speaking about Mitchell, she was the only reserve player to score any points for Washington tonight.
There were some other players who continued to have shooting woes tonight for Washington like Myisha Hines-Allen (11 points on 3-of-11 shooting) and Cloud (2 points on 1-of-6 shooting). While getting Elena Delle Donne back will help, Hines-Allen and Cloud need to get out of their slumps now since Washington needs any win they can get.
Fortunately, the Mystics have some time to practice and regroup before their next game. They are off until Saturday, June 5 when they host the Las Vegas Aces at home. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. ET.