Mystics 67 - Dream 75

The Washington Mystics couldn’t pull off a Father’s Day victory against the conference-leading Atlanta Dream, losing a hard-fought game, 75-67.

Bria Hartley led the way for the Mystics with 13 points and five assists. Erika de Souza and Angel McCoughtry both led the Dream with a game-high 16 points and de Souza added 9 rebounds.

Despite playing, once again, solid defense, holding the Dream to 38.2% shooting, the Mystics turned the ball over 21 times this afternoon and gave up 17 offensive rebounds, which led to a decisive 18 second-chance points for the Dream. Atlanta also got to the free-throw line 31 times compared to Washington’s 13 attempts.

The Mystics outscored their opponents in the third quarter for only the third time this season, and the first time in ten games dating back to May 23rd against the Indiana Fever, but they could not capitalize on opportunities late in the game to capture the lead.

One bright spot for the Mystics today was Hartley’s strong three-point shooting, making three of her five attempts. The team, collectively, shot much better from beyond the arc than previous games; though the stat sheet reads that the team only shot 35% from three, that number was skewed by the contested attempts put up late in the game.

The Mystics kept it close and trailed only by two going into the fourth quarter, but the Dream pulled away by making big plays down the stretch.

The Mystics (5-6) will now go on a four game road trip beginning Wednesday in Atlanta, where they get a rematch with these Dream in a matinee special (12pm).