Continuing to Fight
Five games into the season, the Mystics record sits at 1-4 and coming off a 6-28 campaign in 2011, this was certainly not the start the team wanted in 2012.
However, while there are no moral victories, the Mystics are not as far off from being a winning club as it may appear on the surface. They are coming off a week that featured two losses that came in the final seconds of regulation against two formidable opponents (Minnesota & Chicago). The ability to close out games in the fourth quarter is still something the team needs to improve on, but they have the veterans in place to make that happen.
“We had some really close games. The past three games were all very winnable so for us it’s encouraging and at the same time it’s a little disappointing, but this is where we really have to come together and dig in. Focus on little things to help us win the game in the end,” said Mystics forward Monique Currie.
This is a time when the team needs to lean on its veterans like Currie, who have been through the battles and can get a team like the Mystics over that hump and into the win column.
Mystics guard Noelle Quinn echoed similar sentiments as she discussed the state of the team.
“We’re doing a lot of good things, and we need to continue to do the same stuff like talk defensively and help each other, it just comes down to the plays at the end of the game, taking care of the ball, executing and finishing out games.”
It also helps to have an All-Star on your squad like Crystal Langhorne, who is coming off a season-high 25 points in Sunday’s game vs. Connecticut, help get the team on track.
“Right now Lang’s playing extremely well, shooting 57 percent from the floor. Her defense has improved. She’s leading the way so we have to have our veterans step up and be consistent,” said Head Coach Trudi Lacey.
Lacey knows how important it is for this group to stay strong and more importantly stay together while the team fights through these tough times.
“During these times, we have to pull together. We have to continue to play with confidence and have each other’s back. Obviously execute down the stretch, but we feel good about where we are and continue to move forward and looking to get this win on Friday.”
If the Mystics continue to defend the way they have (3rd in WNBA in opponents PPG), the wins will start to accumulate.
The Mystics will look to put these words into action when they host the New York Liberty at Verizon Center on Friday at 7pm. Buy Tickets