Mystics Hold Off Mercury

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com

The Mercury, playing their third game on the road in five days, didn’t quite have enough in the tank to slow down the hot shooting Mystics, falling 90-77 Sunday.

In the first half, Phoenix shot just 37 percent from the floor and 10 percent from beyond the arc, but found themselves down only nine points. Much of that was due to 18 first half points by DeWanna Bonner along with nine points and four assists from Sammy Prahalis.

However, a 17-point fourth quarter ultimately allowed Washington to take control of the game and never let go.

"We just didn’t shoot the ball well," Corey Gaines said after the game. "We shot 38 percent [from the field] and 27 percent [at the three point line]. They shot 31 free throws and we shot 19. That's a big difference. We made ours but I'd rather get more attempted."

Washington finished with four players in double figures (Langhorne – 22, Quinn – 18, Novosel –12, Snow – 10), out-rebounded the Mercury 38-30, and shot 46 percent from the field compared to Phoenix’s 38 percent.

Three players dominated the stat sheet for the Mercury today: Charde Houston, DeWanna Bonner and Sammy Prahals. Houston (26), Bonner (20) and Prahalis (20) combined for 66 of the Mercury's 77 points. Bonner also finished with eight rebounds and Prahalis added a game-high five assists and four boards.

"I think when it came time for us to make some key stops we struggled," said Charde Houston. "Ultimately, I'm just happy that we play hard no matter what the score is. We played hard and we fought and we know things will turn around for us."

Notes

- The Mercury has played just five home games this season, the lowest total in the WNBA this season.

- The Mercury ends their season long, four game road trip in San Antonio Tuesday. The game can be seen on NBA-TV at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time.