Mystics 65 - Stars 73
It wasn’t as easy this time around for the Washington Mystics. After they beat the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday, they couldn’t pull off the come-from-behind win tonight, losing 73-65 at Verizon Center.
This game snapped Washington’s two-game winning streak and also reversed San Antonio’s two-game losing streak. Becky Hammon led the Stars with 17 points, while Jayne Appel added 10 rebounds.
Although veteran forward Mo Currie contributed a season-high and game-high 18 points alongside seven rebounds, the Mystics didn’t shoot the ball well and were unable to notch a victory. Washington shot 38.1% from the field and was only 2-17 from 3-point range.
The Mystics struggled defensively to begin the game, giving up 27 points in the first quarter and allowing the Stars to shoot 57.9% from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc. Although Meesseman was 3-3 in the quarter, the Stars made sure that she could not take over the game again, double-teaming her whenever she caught the ball. Meesseman finished the game with 10 points and five rebounds, but that was not enough for a Mystics win.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied and Ivory Latta tied the game with her first 3-pointer of the night. They then took a two-point lead on a pair of Lawson free-throws, their first lead of the second half. But, foul trouble proved to be costly as it forced Currie, the team’s #1 option down the stretch, out of the game as she fouled out late in the quarter. After Currie exited, the Mystics couldn’t make the necessary shots and the Stars pulled away for the victory.
The Mystics will next face the Indiana Fever at Verizon Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.