Notes & Quotes: Storm 79 - Mystics 71

NOTEWORTHY:

  • The Mystics dropped their fourth consecutive game while the Storm went on to win their fifth consecutive game and sweep the two-game regular season series over the Mystics
  • The Mystics were led by forward Crystal Langhorne posted a double-double with 20 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line, and 10 rebounds
  • Mystics forward Monique Currie scored 15 points from off the bench, including her 2,000th career point with 23.9 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Currie shot 2-for-4 from three point range. Mystics guard Natasha Lacy added 11 points from off the bench
  • Mystics guard Shannon Bobbitt dished out a game-high eight assists along with four steals and eight points in 30 minutes of play
  • The game featured two ties and no lead changes with the Storm leading by as much as 14 points in the second quarter
  • The Storm who were without star center Lauren Jackson due to her Olympic commitment with Australia, were instead led by guard Sue Bird who scored a game-high 25 points. Bird shot 9-for-14 from the field, 5-for-6 from the free throw line and 2-for-3 from three-point range. Bird scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half of the game
  • Storm center Ann Wauters added 14 points for the Storm along with seven rebounds

MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY

Thoughts on the game:
We talked about playing better but we didnt. We have the same concern that we only play three quarters well and one quarter not well and this particular game we didnt start off well with only 10 points in the first quarter. But to our credit we fought and came back.

On free throws:
I thought it was tough because we were really attacking the basket and I thought there were times that we should have gone to the free throw line. Anytime a team scores 30 points at the free throw line thats tough. We have to do a better job defending without putting people at the free throw line.

WASHINGTON MYSTICS FORWARD CRYSTAL LANGHORNE

On defensive pressure by the Storm :
I just try to let the game come to me and I dont try to force things. They were doubling quickly especially in the first half. I was just trying to kick it out and get decent touches

Adjustments needed to make for the game against the Sun:
We are just going to have to make a lot of adjustments. Offensively we need to execute really well. Defensively we have to go against Tina Charles and Asjha Jones. Were going to have to be on point on both sides of the ball.

WASHINGTON MYSTICS FORWARD MONIQUE CURRIE

On coming back after the slow start:
I think we fought hard. We just made little mistakes here and there and it cost us in the end. Seattle is a really good team so when you make mistakes, they make you pay for it. I think ultimately thats what lost us the game.

On looking for her shot:
Ive been struggling lately but my teammates continue to encourage me and push me. Sometimes you get down but you can get back out. I continue to work, get in the gym and try to make things come back to me.

Mystics by the number:
Points: Crystal Langhorne 20
Rebounds: Michelle Snow 10
Assists: Shannon Bobbitt 8
Steals: Bobbitt 4