Following a three-game road trip, the Washington Mystics (7–9) suffered a lopsided 90–71 defeat against the Connecticut Sun (11–5) on Tuesday evening.
It was a dismal start to the game for the Mystics, who put up a paltry four points through the opening six minutes. But thanks to 12-points from Tina Charles — the league’s leading scorer — Washington ended the frame down three. Connecticut put up eight offensive rebounds in the first, and Jonquel Jones (29 points) — who recently returned from Spain — erupted for 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
A three-point deficit ballooned to a 16-point gap in favor of the Sun at halftime in a contest the hosts never led. The Mystics were 5-for-17 from three after 20 minutes played, and Connecticut had the same amount of scorers — six — notch a basket in the second quarter as the Mystics had active players.
The Sun started the third by making six consecutive baskets (two of which were from the line), finally missing at the 4:54 mark. However, the top team in the East grabbed the ensuing rebound and put it back for two points. Connecticut outpaced Washington 40 to 10 after three frames and ended the game with a plus-39 margin on the glass.
Jasmine Thomas put up 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from behind the arc for the Sun.
The night's highlight came before tipoff; the Mystics honored their three Olympians in front of the home faithful. Ariel Atkins (19 points) and Charles (game-high 26) will suit up for the Stars and Stripes, while Leilani Mitchell will play for Team Australia.
The Mystics’ trip home will come to an abrupt end tonight, as Washington embarks on a two-game away trip in the final two matches of the Commissioner’s Cup before the Olympic Break.