At 2-6, The Mystics are spiraling downward. What looked to be a promising season is quickly turning sour. Washington lost a back-to-back with the Chicago Sky on Wednesday and Friday night. The Mystics are a game from sharing the conference cellar with Connecticut. Below are some observations, takeaways from the home-and-home with the Sky.
Chemistry is off
Something just doesn’t seem to be right for the 2-6 Mystics. The team had 17 assists and 13 turnovers on Wednesday and lost by 26 points on Friday. The Mystics seem like a deep team, nine players played ten minutes or more on Wednesday, but coach Mike Thibault still looks to be searching for cohesion. Washington once again had a litany of inexcusable turnovers and poor shot selection certainly didn’t help against the Sky. However, the season is still young and with this talent the mistakes should be correctable, but their play has certainly become a concern.
Latta gives a boost
Ivory returned home on Wednesday night and provided a spark off the bench. Latta had 11 points and made three of Washington’s eight three pointers. In a game, where guards Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Tayler Hill and Bria Hartley struggled, she picked up the slack. Washington needs a go-to player that can make shots to stop runs and Latta showed that ability against the Sky. Unfortunately for Washington, it’ll still be some time before she’s ready for a starter’s share of minutes.
Meesseman and Dolson need more attempts
The Mystics’ bread is buttered or should be buttered in and around the post, as was the case last year when their two young post players were named All-Stars. Stefanie Dolson and Emma Meesseman are two imposing bigs that need to touch the ball on every possession. The two combined for just 14 shots on Wednesday, they actually shot a relatively good percentage (9/14), but it’s all for naught if they aren’t receiving more touches. Dolson showed early in the first quarter with her eight points that she can carry an offense for stretches on Wednesday. While Emma continues to show that she can stretch the defense with her versatility. If I’m coach Thibault, I’m playing inside out until my team establishes some sort of rhythm.