Notes & Quotes: Sun 77 - Mystics 64

NOTEWORTHY:

  • The Mystics have now dropped their fifth consecutive game while the Sun continued on to a record of 10-3, boasting the best record in the Eastern Conference
  • Mystics guard Shannon Bobbitt joined the starting lineup for the Mystics for the first time since being acquired on June 13. Bobbitt dished out a game-high seven assists along with seven points in 31 minutes of play
  • The Mystics were led by forward Monique Currie who scored a game-high 21 points from off the Mystics bench. Currie shot 7-for-15 from the field, 2-for-4 from three point range and 5-for-7 from the free throw line in 26 minutes of play
  • Connecticut opened the second half on a 12-0 run with the Mystics not scoring their first basket until 5:38 remaining in the third quarter
  • The Sun outscored the Mystics 27-12 in the third quarter, holding them to a season low of 12 points in the third
  • The Sun were led by forward Asjha Jones who scored 20 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Three other Sun players scored in double figures. Center Tina Charles – 13 points, 10 rebounds. Forward Mistie Mims – 15 points from off the bench and guard Renee Montgomery – 10 points from off the bench

MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY

Thoughts on the game:
“I thought we played really hard. But again, we came out in the third quarter and fell a little flat. It’s not something we can do. What I told the team is that this is a highly competitive league and we have to focus and be intense for forty minutes and we have to make shots. Right now we’re in a little bit of a shooting slump. We took 15 more shorts than Connecticut. We just have to make more shots and that’s the name of the game.”

On falling flat in the third quarter:
“When you don’t make shots, it’s a little deflating. We came out missed a couple of shots and turned the ball over. It takes us out of our offensive rhythm. There are two things we have to do. We have to play with energy all the time and we have to take care of the basketball.”

WASHINGTON MYSTICS GUARD SHANNON BOBBITT

Overall thoughts on things to improve :
“We need to improve everything. We need to improve one-on-one defense, hitting free-throws. Everything, all across the board, so it’s not just one certain area, we need to come out and not be real stagnant in the third-quarter.”

On making adjustments from the first to the second half:
“I guess all the nervousness was out of everyone’s mind and body. We played more aggressive. We told ourselves we are better than this.”

WASHINGTON MYSTICS FORWARD MONIQUE CURRIE

Overall thoughts on the game:
“We need to be more consistent, coming out in the second half ready to fight and ready to play; we just need to leave it all out there. We need to be more confident and aggressive. Teams are coming in here and they’re being the aggressive ones. They came out after halftime and they hit us first. We were down six and then we went down twelve. We have to start the second half a lot stronger than we did.”

Mystics by the number:
Points:Monique Currie – 21
Rebounds: Michelle Snow – 9
Assists: Shannon Bobbitt – 7
Steals: Matee Ajavon, Bobbitt – 2