Mystics Look to Improve Seeding in Clash with Sun
The Washington Mystics (15-17) host the Connecticut Sun (8-23) tonight for the fourth and final time of the season. The Mystics lead the season series, 2-1.
While the Mystics have already clinched a playoff spot, seeding has not yet been determined as the Mystics and Fever enter tonight’s game tied in the Eastern Conference. The Fever hold the head-to-head tie-breaker, so the Mystics will need to gain a game over these last two in order to leapfrog the Fever and take hold of the three seed. The third seed will head to Atlanta for the first round of the playoffs, while the fourth seed will open at Chicago. There is another possibility that the Mystics, Fever, and Dream could all finished tied for second place at 17-17. If this three-way tie were to happen, the Mystics would actually finish as the third seed and play at Atlanta in the first round.
Last Time vs. Connecticut
The Mystics will be looking for payback as they had a two game winning streak snapped last Friday night when the Sun beat them, 77-70 in Connecticut. The Sun did so without three of their key cogs, as Tina Charles, Kara Lawson, and Allison Hightower all missed the game due to injury. They have all been shut down for the season, which means they will be short-handed once again when the two teams clash tonight in Washington.
Without some of their usual leading scorers, the Sun relied upon guard Tan White to carry much of the scoring load last Friday, as she tied a career-high with 26 points to pace the team. Kelsey Griffin added 17 points, while Renee Montgomery finished with 14. For the Mystics, Crystal Langhorne led the team with 16 points and 11 boards, while Tayler Hill added 15 off the bench.
One area the Mystics will look to improve upon will be starting each half. In last Friday’s loss, the Sun jumped on the Mystics quickly in both the first and third quarters, putting the Mystics behind the eight ball and forcing them to fight their way back.
Who to Watch For
Mystics rookie Tayler Hill has really come on in the second half of the season and has shown why the team used their fourth overall pick to acquire her. After struggling with her shot early in the year, she is 10/20 from behind the arc over her last five games and has been in double figures in four of them. She has been a real offensive spark off the bench and now can be counted on as a reliable three-point threat. Look for her to continue to shoot the ball well as she and the Mystics try to win the season series over the Sun.