Notes & Quotes: Mystics 90 - Mercury 77

NOTEWORTHY:

  • The Mystics broke a five-game losing streak with a win over the Phoenix Mercury in front of a home crowd of 10,789 Mystics fans. The two teams ended their season series with a 1-1 split
  • Mystics guard Noelle Quinn scored a season-high 18 points from off the bench with 10 of her points coming in the first half. Quinn shot 7-for-17 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the Mystics win
  • Mystics rookie guard Natalie Novosel scored a career high 12 points in the win, shooting 3-for-5 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Novosel also pulled down a career high six rebounds and collected a game-high and a career high four steals
  • Two other Mystics players scored in double figures. Forward Crystal Langhorne scored a team-high 22 points, shooting 9-for-12 from the field in just over 25 minutes of play. 11 of Langhorne’s 22 points came in the first quarter alone. Center Michelle Snow added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mystics in 28 minutes of play
  • The Mystics held on to the lead from the start of the game and led by as much as 16 points in the fourth quarter. The game featured just two ties early in the first quarter
  • The Mystics scored a season-high 27 points in the first quarter, holding the Mercury to just 18 points
  • The Mystics shot a season-high 22-for-31 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Mercury 38-30. The Mystics also scored a season-high 90 points in their victory over the Mercury
  • The Mercury were led by forward Charde Houston who scored a game-high 26 points. Forward DeWanna Bonner and rookie guard Samantha Prahalis each added 20 points.
  • The Mercury dropped to 4-10 while playing without stars Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree

MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY

Overall Thoughts on the game:
"I thought we played a focused and intense forty minutes. It's what we have been working toward. It was great to see a total team effort. The offense did a tremendous job coming in and playing their defense. We have to build on it and continue moving forward."

Thoughts on rookie Natalie Novosel’s game:
"Natalie has been progressing nicely, she understands how to play on a team, and she understands how to play against others. She really showed why we picked her, because she is a competitor, a team player, and I expect her to continue to get better and better."

WASHINGTON MYSTICS GUARD NATALIE NOVOSEL

Overall thoughts on the game:
"I think the starters came in they really set it-up well and when the second team came in I think we were the energy. I think we really played well defensively."

WASHINGTON MYSTICS GUARD NOELLE QUINN

Overall thoughts on the game:
"It feels good. We worked hard in practice, we work hard every day. To finally get a win, it shows that the hard work is paying off. When we get wins like this it solidifies that we are a good team."

Thoughts on the strong starts:
"The starters did a great job getting the team started. We were ahead, so we didn't have to waste so much energy coming up from behind. We kept our lead and kept our aggression and we played together."

Mystics by the number:
Points: Crystal Langhorne - 22
Rebounds: Michelle Snow - 9
Assists: Shannon Bobbitt - 5
Steals: Natalie Novosel - 4