It’s been a rough start to the season for the Washington Mystics, the year started with a ton of optimism as many were expecting the team to take the next step. Even with starting point guard Ivory Latta ruled out for the first month of the season, it was expected that the youngsters would have come to age and picked up the slack, starting the season off strong with a three-game homestand. Instead they would leave home with three losses, the last in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Sparks. It couldn’t possibly get worse, right?
Washington went up to Connecticut on their first back-to-back of the season, also their first away game. The Mystics would head home with their first win of the season, but it didn’t come easy. It took an extra period, but Washington left Uncasville with an 84-76 victory.
The Mystics got off to a great start, their best of the season while jumping out to a 12-2 lead. The Sun called a timeout, then gathered themselves and would rally, leading 21-20 at the end of the first quarter.
Tayler Hill, who has started the year off with a bang, had a career-night in the win. She’s struggled the last two games from the charity stripe after ending the first game at 100%. Hill hit 10 of 11 free throws in this contest and her team needed every single one of them.
The Sun held a lead late in the third quarter before Washington rallied, teams would trade baskets late. Stefanie Dolson went to the line with 1.2 seconds left in the game with a chance to win the game. She would split the pair, leading to overtime.
Alyssa Thomas led the way for the Sun with 18 points. Connecticut would pull to 75-74 with two minutes left in overtime, then Washington took over from there. Hill found Tierra Ruffin-Pratt for a corner triple, one of Tayler’s 7 assists on the night. That sparked a 9-2 run that helped Washington close things out and get it’s first win of the season.
The Mystics outscored Connecticut 17-9 in the extra period. Bria Hartley had her second big game of the season, this time as a starter by contributing with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Emma Meesseman chipped in with 14 points as well.
The biggest negative in this contest is that Washington didn’t take care of the ball better. While it’s great that they won the game, 20 turnovers is at least 7 too many.