The “Force” was not with the Mystics as they lost to the reigning champs 83-76 on Star Wars night. After leading at the half by two and limiting Maya Moore to two points, the Mystics were going into the third with loads of confidence. Then in the third period, they went 3-for-20 including missing 12 straight as the Mystics were outscored by the Lynx 23-8. The result would leave Washington as the only team in the league to not earn a win at home.
Even though the Mystics won the point differential in the fourth (21-15), the Lynx closed it out with free throws from Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Jia Perkins. Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus had a game high of 21 points (17 in the first half), Maya Moore finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Mystics were led by Emma Meesseman who had a team high of 19 points and 7 rebounds, Ivory Latta came off the bench with 13 points and Tayler Hill finished with 12 points and 6 assists. Here are some of my takeaways from the game.
Great defense: Throughout the game, both teams played very physical and forced turnovers (19 for Lynx and 13 for Mystics respectively). The Mystics were able to hold Maya Moore in single digits until the fourth quarter and the Lynx were able to neutralize the momentum of the Mystics by forcing them into bad shots.
Seimone Augustus: After missing a few games, Seimone erased any doubt that she would be rusty as she had 17 points (8-11) in the first half. She couldn’t be stop as everywhere you looked she was making a play. With Maya having an off night, she stepped up and was one of the main reasons the Lynx came away with a win.
Mystics showed heart: When I saw them a few weeks back against the Sparks, once the Mystics were down, they gave up. Despite trailing, the Mystics continued to fight as they were able to get the deficit to six with 31.8 left in the game. Now that Latta is back, she gives them the extra spark along with experience to win in games like this.
Lynx vs Sparks WCF?: Both teams have started the season 10-0 which is the best start in WNBA history. Is it too soon to say that aside from injury, this is looking as if this will be the likely Western Conference Finals in a few months. I know its early and teams such as the Seattle Storm, Phoenix Mercury, Dallas Wings may say otherwise but its just a thought.