The Washington Mystics began the first game of their post Olympic break schedule on the wrong note, losing to the Las Vegas Aces, 84-83.
Myisha Hines-Allen was huge in this game, returning from a knee injury that caused her to miss much of the first of the half of the season. She scored 8 of her 16 points in the first quarter where the Mystics took an early 27-15 lead.
While this game looked like a comfortable Mystics win for much of the game while heading into the fourth quarter with a 69-55 lead, the Aces went on a 29-14 run, holding Washington to 37.5 percent shooting. Liz Cambage and A’ja Wilson scored a combined 19 points in that period and Chelsea Gray made a jump shot with just 4 seconds left to give the Aces the win.
In addition to Hines-Allen, Tina Charles and Ariel Atkins continued to put up big numbers for Washington, scoring 20 points each. For the Aces, Wilson led with 20 points and Cambage added 17.
The Mystics will have one more game against the Aces this Tuesday at the Mandalay Bay. Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET.