Instant Analysis: Mystics vs. Sky

Today’s 82-78 win over the Chicago Sky (12-5) ends Washington’s two game losing streak and brings them to a 9-9 record.

This is the second of five regular season meetings between these two squads. The Sky grabbed the first game 89-85. With the series tied the Mystics get another opportunity on beat them in Chicago on August 2nd and then again at home on August 20th and September 8th.

Leading the way for Washington was first time All-Star point guard Ivory Latta who had 18 points, while also dishing out 13 assists. Forward Monique Currie also added 14 points (on 5-of-7 shooting) and nine rebounds.

Rookies Hill and forward Emma Meesseman ended with very productive afternoons scoring 11 and 12 points respectively. Meesseman ended the game going 5-of-7 from the field.

The Mystics were down by as many as 21 points in the first half, but cut it to nine at halftime and went on a 8-0 run, led by Latta’s five points, to start the second half. Later, with 3:37 left in the third, the Mystics were able to grab a 50-49 lead after five straight points from rookie guard Tayler Hill.

Despite reported back spasms prior to tip off Crystal Langhorne started and was able to contribute with seven points and six boards.

After opening the game 10-for-20, the Mystics held the Sky to just 9-for-39 shooting (23%).

This was the Mystics’ second 11:30 game this season. The first was also against the Sky in Chicago for their camp day on July 10th.

Washington’s two All-Stars, Latta and Langhorne will be in Connecticut this weekend playing in the All-Star Game on Saturday at 3 pm.

The Mystics now get a week off and will next play at home on Wednesday July 31st against the New York Liberty. Tip off is at 7 pm.