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Washington Mystics take on the New York Liberty

The Washington Mystics have had a week pass since their last game, a loss against the Seattle Storm. The New York Liberty beat the Storm earlier this week, 70-64. While the Mystics are trying to get back to .500, they’re currently 1-2. New York is trying to get above .500, their record is 2-2 on the year. It will be interesting to see if their have been any wrinkles or changes to the Washington starting lineup, even if there are no changes it’s time for the Mystics to start playing up to the level of talent on the roster. They have a tough task in front of them tonight, in Tina Charles the Mystics will be facing the league’s second best rebounder. They will also have to contend with one of the more talented perimeter players as well, Cappie Pondexter. What does each team have to do to come away with a win?? On to the keys to the game!!

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The Liberty aren’t the greatest shooters (40% from the floor), but they have been pretty accurate from beyond the arc (38%). Their style of play doesn’t give them much room for error as their point differential is just two. Charles has been a force in the paint this season, she’s averaging 15.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. That’s just one half of New York’s dynamic inside-out duo, Pondexter is averaging 15.3 points this season which is about four points lower than her career average. However, Cappie has been surgical from beyond the arc with a staggering 53%. For the Liberty, it’s all about the supporting cast. When Essence Carson, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Anna Cruz and company show up and play well the Liberty have won. There have been two games in which the supporting cast struggled that resulted in losses. That two point differential will come into play against the Mystics, Washington has a bevy of scorers. While they weren’t knocking down shots last week against Seattle, the Liberty can’t expect the Mystics to miss those same shots. Keys to Victory

  • Win the rebounding battle, the teams that have beaten Washington have all done that
  • Get the supporting cast going early, Charles and Pondexter will get theirs
  • Limit Meesseman & Latta’s touches early, the other starters have struggled thus far this season
  • Keep Washington off the 3-point line. WAS shooting just 30% from three, but have more than capable shooters
  • Attack the basket, Mystics have committed more fouls than their opponents in each game this season

images-1Washington is 1-2, they’ve had a week off to regroup, a very talented roster just needs to put together a good 40 minutes of play. For stretches this season, they’ve got away from paying attention to details. All but one of the three games have been winnable, the Mystics have played as big a part in their losses as their opponents. Washington has a little of everything, a bevy of bigs that all bring different qualities to the table. For example, they have Kia Vaughn and Emma Meesseman as starters. That pairing gives Washington both physicality in Vaughn and finesses in Meesseman. The Mystics must take advantage of it, but it starts with the guards. The bigs have done an outstanding job of establishing great position in the post, the guards have to be better with the entry passes. Ivory Latta is shooting 55% from beyond the arc, but she is the only one of Washington’s shooters that is doing well. Sharp shooter Kara Lawson has struggled out of the gate(10%), as has rookie Bria Hartley (16%). If the Mystics can start getting the ball inside, it should only make it easier for their shooters. Once again, it starts with good entry passes. Keys to Victory

  • Get the ball inside safely
  • Limit “dumb” fouls, most of the fouls in past games have been unnecessary
  • Take care of the ball and attack the basket
  • Win the battle on the glass
  • Get the shooters going, must set good screens

 

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