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Not much time to regroup for Mystics, take on Sparks to end home stand

The Mystics are still searching for their first victory of the season after falling to the Dallas Wings, 87-77, on Wednesday night. Washington ends its home stand on Friday night against the Los Angeles Sparks. Below are a few takeaways from Wednesday’s game and looks ahead to Friday’s contest.

Need more production from bench

A couple of injuries have watered down the Mystics’ depth but Washington still must find contributions from someone off the bench. The Mystics’ bench only scored 13 points on Wednesday night and Bria Hartley went 1/6 from the field with two turnovers. On the other hand, Dallas’ bench scored 25 points. Hartley can do a little big of everything and has the ability to carry a team when she’s making her shots. When Hartley is on her game, Washington has four capable guards to rotate.

Where is Stefanie Dolson?

Dolson hasn’t played up to her standards in the first two games. In the opener against the Liberty, she went 4/11 and scored only nine points in 26 minutes. On Wednesday night, she shot only six shots and scored six points. Dolson is an impact player that should be able to get any shot she wants. The Mystics need more than single digit scoring numbers from Dolson to be successful.

Mystics need an aggressive scorer

The Mystics had 15 turnovers on Wednesday and some of that can be attributed to Washington passing the ball too much. Washington has a collection of scorers but they need one, who is going to take the shots to stop runs and swing momentum. Tayler Hill was aggressive on Wednesday, scoring 20 points on 11 shots and getting to the free throw line 11 times. Dallas’ Odyssey Sims had 22 points and when Dallas needed big buckets, she was there to take them. It’s only two games into the season but Washington would be a more complete team with a go-to-scorer. The Sparks certainly have a go-to-scorer in Candace Parker, who scored 34 points against Seattle in their opener.

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