Instant Analysis: Mystics 57 - Sparks 75

Tonight’s Washington Mystics 57-75 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks (13-7) is Washington’s third straight loss. The Mystics now fall to 9-12 on the season.

This was the second of two meetings between Los Angeles and Washington. In the first matchup, in Los Angeles on June 23rd, the Sparks won 79-69.

The Mystics made a change to their starting lineup. Instead of the usual starter center Michelle Snow, Washington went with rookie center Emma Meesseman. It was Meesseman’s first career start, and she ended the game with nine points and three rebounds.

Leading the way for the Mystics was forward Crystal Langhorne who had 23 points and seven rebounds.

In their last home game, Washington only had two assists in the first half. The Mystics were able to slightly improve on that front having three assists in the first five minutes of the game. They ended with 16 total assists on the night.

Guard Matee Ajavon has been on fire as of late — averaging 19.5 points over her last two games. Tonight she was unable to find her offensive touch ending the game with two points and four rebounds.

Three Sparks’ players once played for Washington — guard/forward Marissa Coleman, guard/forward Alana Beard, and guard Lindsey Harding.

The Sparks’ leading scorer, forward Candace Parker was out because of a wrist injury.

Next up for Washington is a two game road trip. First the Mystics head to New York to face the Liberty on Tuesday (for their Camp Day) then to Minnesota on Thursday to face the WNBA-leading Lynx.