Notes & Quotes: Lynx 79 - Mystics 77
- The Washington Mystics lost a close game, 79-77, to the Minnesota Lynx who continued their winning streak to five consecutive games
- The Mystics were down by as much as 24 points early in the third quarter then outscored the Lynx 27-17 in the third, cutting the Lynx lead to 10 points heading into the fourth quarter
- The Mystics tied the game for the first time on a 10-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 68-68 with 6:25 remaining in the game
- The Mystics had their first lead of the game, 75-74, with 2:34 remaining in the game
- The Mystics were led by guard Matee Ajavon who scored 20 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range. Ajavon also posted a career-high seven steals
- Four Mystics players scored in double figures (Ajavon - 20; Monique Currie - 13; Noelle Quinn - 13; Crystal Langhorne - 12)
- Mystics center Michelle Snow scored her 3,000th career point with 3:24 remaining in the game
- The Lynx continued on to 5-0 and were led by forwards Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson who each scored 16 points
- The Lynx scored a buzzer beater shot with 1.0 second remaining in the game off of a layup from guard Lindsay Whalen who contributed 11 points and seven assists in the Lynx win
Mystics Head Coach Trudi Lacey
Thoughts on the game:
"It was a tough loss, but we fought, we never quit. In a lot of ways we sort of just ran out of time; we didn't lose the game. I felt like our execution on offense was much better in the second half. We have been working diligently on valuing the basketball and I thought we did that, especially in the second half. We really focused defensively in the second half and really limited them to one shot. For the most part in the second half I feel like we executed our game plan. You have to give Minnesota credit, they have a great team and they made plays at the end."
Improvement in second half:
"We had open shots in the first half but they weren't falling and it allowed them to get out in transition and score. In the second half we better executed offensively and that allowed our defense to get set and when teams have to play against our defense, our defense is pretty good."
Confidence in third quarter:
"We were executing. People were doing their jobs. I've been preaching that over and over again, people doing their jobs and it will come together. When we started to that it builds confidence. Predictability yields confidence. When a player does their job and they know they are there it just gives everybody confidence. Once everyone started doing their job it just fell into place for us."
On end of the game:
"We just have to continue to do this. It is just one game and we didn't finish the game. We still have a lot of work to do, so we will just stay after it."
Washington Mystics Guard Matee Ajavon
Overall thoughts on the game:
"We played together. Defensively we talked and we really had things going. I just wanted to be aggressive going to the basket or shooting my jump shot. I just try to help my team."
On difference in third quarter:
"We played defense. We played team defense. When we play team defense our offense will come together."
Washington Mystics Guard Noelle Quinn
Thoughts on her performance:
"I try to contribute in some way and tonight that happened to be the jumper but in other games I can contribute in other ways whether it's rebounding or defensively. It just doesn't come offensively; it has to be an all-around game."
On being aggressive:
"I feel like I'm very unselfish. I try to look for other players and other teammates. But I have to be aggressive myself to score offensively as well."
On upcoming game against Chicago::
"[I have to do] more of the same of what I did tonight. Just stay solid and work hard on both ends of the court and just let the game come to me."
Mystics by the number:
Points: Matee Ajavon - 20
Rebounds: Ashley Robinson - 5
Assists: Natasha Lacey - 4
Steals: Ajavon - 7