Mystics 61 Fever 64
The Mystics couldnít take advantage of the Indiana Feverís early struggles tonight and lost the second leg of their back-to-back, 64 to 61. Both teams were looking for their fourth straight win tonight, but it was Indiana that was able to extend its winning streak. Marissa Coleman led the Fever with 20 points and five rebounds, and Bria Hartley led the way for the Mystics with 16 points and five rebounds.
The game initially appeared to have the potential to be an easy Mystics win, as the Mystics jumped out to a 18 to 7 lead after Tianna Hawkins made a buzzer beating layup at the end of the first quarter.
The Mystics were then able to hold a 35-26 lead at the end of the first half thanks to their 13 early free throws and Indianaís poor shooting. Whatís more, Erlana Larkinsís four fouls in the first half limited the Feverís offense and rebounding. Throughout the half, Indiana was visibly frustrated, as the Fever were called for two technical fouls in the second quarter.
But, the Mystics lead quickly evaporated in the third quarter as they were outscored 24 to 9. Washington was out of sync the entire quarter and struggled to run their offense. On the other side, Larkins played through her foul troubles and finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds and helped the Fever to a lead that the Mystics could not overcome for the rest of the game.
The Mystics pulled within one point with 9.8 seconds to go in the final quarter, but Hartley was blocked on her game-tying attempt and then the Mystics could not get off another shot after recovering the loose ball.
The Mystics move to 4-3 on the year and are next in action Sunday, taking on the Liberty in New York.