Imbalanced offense dooms Mystics in loss to Sun
Officials: #39 Michael Price, #48 Marissa Whaley, #55 Eric Brewton
WASHINGTON – The Mystics dropped their second game in row to the Connecticut Sun 79-71 at the Verizon Center on Thursday night. Washington (1-3) trailed most of the game and only managed to take the lead briefly in the fourth quarter when Nicky Anosike hit a jumper with 5:45 left. Connecticut (3-1) quickly got the momentum back on their side as they ran off nine unanswered points in two minutes.
Connecticutâ€™s Tina Charles (26 points, 10 rebounds) quickly established her dominance in the paint on both ends of the floor. With Renee Montgomeryâ€™s (23 points, five assists) ability to penetrate the defense, the Sunâ€™s offensive attack was a more than the injury-plagued Mystics could handle. The bench for the Sun contributed quality minutes, including 15 total rebounds and 11 points from guard Tan White.
Although, the Mysticsâ€™ Nicky Anosike (10 points, 10 rebounds) notched her third double-double of the season, Washingtonâ€™s guards struggled to get the ball into the post. With over 50 percent of their field goal scoring coming from beyond the arc, the Mystics need find ways to balance their offense. They scored 18 points in the paint compared to Connecticutâ€™s 38.
On the defensive end, Washington guard Matee Ajavon fouled out in the fourth quarter at 3:40. Sun forward Asjha Jones fouled with 35.5 seconds left in the game.
The Mystics head to Tulsa to face the winless Shock on Saturday June 18. The Sun look to avenge their only loss in a matchup against the Chicago Sky at home on Sunday June 19.
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