Notes & Quotes: Mystics 74 - Dream 82

NOTEWORTHY
  • The Mystics have now dropped their tenth consecutive game, losing the regular season series 0-4 to the Atlanta Dream. The Dream now tie the all-time series with the Mystics 10-10
  • The Mystics were led by forward Monique Currie who scored 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field, 7-for-12 shooting from the free throw line and 1-for-3 shooting from three-point range
  • Two other Mystics players scored in double figures; guard Matee Ajavon – 15 points and guard Jasmine Thomas – 13 points
  • The Mystics controlled the pace of the game for the first three quarters until midway into the fourth where the Dream took over , outscoring the Mystics 28-18. Dream forward Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter alone, leading the surge
  • The Mystics outrebounded the Dream 38-26 in a game that featured three lead changes and five ties. The Mystics led by as much as 11 points while the Dream led by as much as 10
  • The Mystics leading scorer, forward Crystal Langhorne, left in the second quarter with a left foot strain and did not return
  • Four Dream starters scored in double figures with Olympian forward Angel McCoughtry leading the way with 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field. McCoughtry also dished out a game-high eight assists and collected three steals
  • Guard Lindsey Harding added 19 points while forwards Erika DeSouza and Sancho Lyttle added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Dream

    MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY
    Overall thoughts on the game:
    "I thought that we played hard. Overall it was a good effort. What we’re looking for is improvement and some minutes for our younger players. I thought Jasmine [Thomas] had a good floor game and we got Iziane [Castro Marques] and Natalie [Novosel] in to get them some experience. I have to give our team some credit. They battled; we’ve got several injuries going on and people battling through some injuries. Atlanta is a very good team, they’ve been to the Finals twice but I thought that we stuck together and played hard and played well.”

    The turning point in the fourth quarter:
    “We had a couple of defensive breakdowns with Erika De Souza and toward the end of the game I thought we took some quick looks at threes when we didn’t really need threes. With those decisions, we really needed two-point baskets and to get a couple stops, so I think that kind of hurt us down the stretch.”

    MYSTICS FORWARD MONIQUE CURRIE
    Overall thoughts on the game:
    "We played well for about three and a half quarters. Atlanta made some tough shots in the fourth quarter. Angel [McCoughtry] took over a little but they hit some big shots and we didn’t.”

    On matching up against Angel McCoughtry:
    "I take playing against a great player like Angel as a challenge and she’s one of the best players in the world and she leads the league in scoring. I’m a competitor and competitive and much respect to her because she’s a great player but I do the best that I can to try to contain her.”

    On playing without Crystal Langhorne in the second half
    “Crystal is our leader and contributes so much on the court but we also have other players who can come in and pick up the slack and I think later on in the season, it has been giving people a lot of opportunity to come in and show what they can do. I think everyone is up for the challenge and everyone is working hard. We came up short again which is frustrating but all we can do is continue to work and continue to compete. We only have three more games, but we’ll play out until the end.”

    Mystics at a glance:
    Points – Monique Currie – 20
    Rebounds – Ashley Robinson - 7
    Assists – Matee Ajavon - 4
    Steals – Ajavon - 4