Two weeks ago, the Mystics Washington played at the heart of the best WNBA teams that did not make a big impact. The Mystics were ranked second in the day that they trampled on Connecticut Connecticut, just as they were going into Saturday when they tried to claw back back to the first place against the first place Las Vegas Aces.
But Saturday was a proper battle, and the Aces, who were playing with powerful clothes (6-4-4 ja Wilson and 6-8 Liz Cambage) and wily guards (Sydney Colson and Kayla McBride) , so easily – especially with the missing Mystics Elena Delle Donne.
Washington lost the most competitive game for its long season, 85-81, in front of a large crowd at Entertainment and Sport. The loss of Mystics left to 9-6; they are 0-3 since they lost Sunday on Sunday.
Delle Donne, who broke her nose last week, is in the league's roundtable protocol. Even with relief from Emma Meesseman, who returned to the team after spending the Euro abroad with EuroBasket to play her native in Belgium, Washington let the Aces stand to strengthen the series.
With three remaining games before the all-star break, Las Vegas (11-5) sits one game before Connecticut runner-up (10-6).
The first of its three regular season meetings is shared by the Mystics and Aces. Washington took the first competition, 95-72, in June in Las Vegas and returned to Bay Mandalay Events Center on 5 July but played only half of the basketball before the game went out after an earthquake. – a venue for 51-36 at half-time. The league is not yet to be announced when half of the appointment is due but hopefully this month.
The five starters, including Meesseman – who started instead of Delle Donne – scored in double figures, but the fouls, Wilson and Cambage were the problems for Washington.
Wilson and Cambage made the difference in the stretch, when the Mystics were connected with 75 with 1:47 to play. The pigs were able to shot over the Mystics, even with two defenders on each shooter, because of their height. The two came together to achieve a four-point leader, and McBride and guard Kelsey Plum beat the win at the free throw line when Washington lost a shot after a shot.
Mike Thibault, Mystics Manager and the General Manager were pleased with the efforts of his team – unlike the result – especially after Wednesday's unprecedented performance against Phoenix.
“I felt we looked at the car a bit tonight, and Emma had a lot of things – the first game back, no Elena – but I think the other thing we have is keeping it together. baling string now, ”Thibault said. “We've had a lot of people injured, Emma was sick during the game, Tianna (Hawkins) is hurt – but one of these nights. . . . If we can get our challenge back after this, we will be fine. ”
For the other factor that attracted Washington, the Mystics put the Aces on the line for 26 free spending attempts, 21 of which were converted by Las Vegas. Ten of these came in the second quarter, but the stopping game was the same as that for Washington Vegas.
The first half of Saturday's game was played with no clocks above the basket – clocks field staff, who were working early on Saturday, said they were short-changed after heavy rain and floods on Monday.
During the game, the normal buzzer was replaced by an air horn to signal when the clock came out.
Washington seemed to have stopped at the start, jumping to 10-2 and then flying through the first quarter. Mystics played a fire that wasn't extant in Wednesday's loss, welcoming fans towards the end of the quarter with one sequence in which Natasha Cloud rejected her back with a defendant before her before she was driving with for windmill, then blocked with LaToya Sanders Wilson met on the other side and Kristi Toliver struck a long sweater. The Mystics led 28-16 at the end of the first period.
The Mystics often broke in the second quarter, and affected Washington's flow of defense, replacing flow.
“The speed of the game is slower, we can't go out and run, and it's obviously one of our greatest strengths,” said Toliver. “As part of it, we were not fighting as well as we wanted to end the games we had before, so I think we wanted to be aggressive and that we were really physical and that our presence We know, and made some mistakes. These are mistakes at least we like – they are aggressive – but obviously we have to be smarter. "
Wilson had 17 points, as Colson did from the bench. Camogie was completed with 13 points and nine goals.
Cloud led the Mystics to 18 points. Meesseman and Toliver added 15 apiece. Sanders had 11 points, two blocked shots and 10 reversing. Ariel Atkins had 10 points and five rebound.
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