Notes & Quotes: Mystics 67 - Fever 66

NOTEWORTHY:

  • The Washington Mystics won their first game at home against an Eastern Conference team and their second overall win of the season in a down-to-the-wire 67-66 win over the Indiana Fever. The win over the Fever was the Mystics first win at home against the team since June 29, 2010
  • The Mystics gained their first lead of the game at the 7:47 mark in the second quarter and maintained that lead heading into the half, 37-31. The Mystics are now 2-1 in games where they lead at halftime
  • At the half, Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne had 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field while Mystics guard Matee Ajavon added 10 points at the half, connecting on two three-pointers
  • The Mystics outscored the Fever 22-18 in the third quarter, maintaining the lead throughout and led by as much as 11 points
  • Langhorne scored her third back-to-back 20+ point game, leading all scorers with 22 points. She also posted her second double-double of the season with 13 rebounds in the Mystics win. Center Michelle Snow pulled down 12 boards for the Mystics
  • Ajavon, who saw her first start of the season, was second on the team in scoring with 15 points, shooting 3-for-5 from three-point range
  • Newly acquired guard Shannon Bobbitt scored eight points, dished out five assists and grabbed two rebounds in 19 minutes of play in her Mystics debut against her former team
  • The Fever were led by forward Tamika Catchings who scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Center Tammy Sutton-Brown and guard Briann January added 13 points and 11 points respectively in the Fever loss

MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY

Thoughts on the game:
We have felt like this has been coming for a long time. As I try to explain that when you have so many fresh faces to the offense the chemistry takes some time, our defense has been pretty solid. It was a total team effort.

Overall thoughts on new player Shannon Bobbitt::
Well, she maybe the smallest player on the court but shes the toughest player on the court.

MYSTICS FORWARD CRYSTAL LANGHORNE

On preparation:
We were just practicing very hard all week. We were competitive and working on our defense. Indiana is a really tough team and we had to work on taking care of the ball against them. :

On future improvement:
We need to take care of the ball at the end of the game. We need to execute and be confident in what we are doing.

MYSTICS GUARD SHANNON BOBBITT

On first game with the Mystics:
I try and provide a spark. Im a spark player. I show a lot of leadership. It is my job to set the tempo offensively and defensively and provide a lot of energy and a lot of aggressiveness.

On crowd support:
It felt so good to have a standing ovation. It showed that I was doing something well and that the team, organization and fans really like you. I was excited about that and I was just feeding off of that with a lot of energy and I was happy we got the win.

MYSTICS GUARD NATALIE NOVOSEL

Overall thoughts on game:
It was exciting. My teammates expect me to shoot threes and I just wanted to get one to go down and it really calmed my nerves and got me into the game a little bit.

On confidence::
As a rookie it helps to know that coach has confidence in you. Im happy to get in there for contributing minutes; I was in there for defense in the fourth quarter and its good to know they can go to me to get a stop.

Mystics by the number:
Points: Crystal Langhorne 25
Rebounds: Michelle Snow 13
Assists: Shannon Bobbitt 5
Steals: Matee Ajavon 2