Notes & Quotes: Mystics 69 - Dream 81

NOTEWORTHY:

  • The Mystics dropped their first regular season series game against the Dream at the Verizon Center
  • The Mystics were led by guard Matee Ajavon who scored 16 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter. Ajavon shot 5-for-9 from the field, 2-for-2 from the free throw line and a commanding 4-for-6 from three-point range in the final period. Ajavon’s surge brought the Mystics within eight points down the stretch
  • Forward Crystal Langhorne posted her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards. Langhorne shot 7-for-13 from the field in 31:33 minutes of play. Forward Monique Currie added 14 points in the Mystics effort
  • The Dream led by as much as 28 points in a game that featured one lead change and three ties early in the first quarter
  • The Dream led 49-33 at the half connecting on .568 of their first half points from the field (21-for-37)
  • The Dream, who were playing without Olympian Angel McCoughtry, were led by guards Armintie Price who scored 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field. Four other Dream players scored in double figures – Tiffany Hayes – 16 points; Lindsey Harding – 16 points; Sancho Lyttle – 14 points; Cathrine Kraayeveld – 10 points

MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY

On what the breakdown was:
It was reading the defense. We were trying to score too quickly. They were changing their defense from man-to-man to zone. We weren’t reading that well and turning the ball over. But for me the main thing was that we did not come out and defend. They made over fifty percent of their shots in the first half. That was disappointing after we played so well against Chicago and played well in San Antonio, then we came out tonight and just weren’t focused.”

On the Dream playing without Angel McCoughtry:
“We were prepared as if she were going to play. I don’t know if we had a mental meltdown since she wasn’t playing. They still have a very great team, a talented team and an experienced team. I just didn’t think that we were mentally prepared.”

MYSTICS FORWARD CRYSTAL LANGHORNE

On making a comeback and falling short:
“It was just a little too late. We came out really slow tonight. We made a lot of turnovers, myself included.”

On the season:
It was just a little too late. We came out really slow tonight. We made a lot of turnovers, myself included.”

On the team’s progress:
“Today was pretty tough. I really think we went back a few steps today with our turnovers and defensive lapses.”

MYSTICS GUARD MATEE AJAVON

On the loss:
“It is frustrating. I mean we dug ourselves in a hole too early in the game. When you dig yourself in a hole like that it is pretty hard to overcome within the amount of time we have.”

On her 16 points in the fourth quarter:
“Just being aggressive. We were down 20 or so. I had nothing to lose really.”

Mystics by the number:
Points: Matee Ajavon - 20
Rebounds: Crystal Langhorne - 10
Assists: Shannon Bobbitt, Natalie Novosel - 4
Steals: Ajavon - 4