The Washington Mystics stumbled, well fell into the Olympic break with a seven game losing streak. They were bit by the injury bug a bit with Tayler Hill out and generally the wear and tear from the grind of the season. Despite their record, that break may have come at the perfect time.
Today after practice, Stefanie Dolson alluded to such as she mentioned that this was like the training camp they never had. At the start of the year, players either were just getting back into the country or were injured. The Mystics didn’t have close to all hands on deck from a health stand point. It was very evident through the first few weeks of the season in which they struggled. Both Dolson and Ivory Latta thought the break was good for the team from both a mental and physical standpoint, coming at the perfect time.
Washington currently sits at 9-15, tied with the Seattle Storm for the eighth and final playoff spot. Along with healthy bodies, they also added a familiar face. LaToya Sanders has rejoined the team, she competed in the Olympics with the Turkish National team. During her last stint as a Mystic, she gave the team an ideal stretch four. More importantly, her tenacity on the glass will be great for a team that has struggled to end defensive possessions with rebounds.
The Mystics have a back-to-back this weekend, on the road Saturday night in Indiana and host the San Antonio Stars on Sunday night. There’s 10 games left in the regular season, this is a huge opportunity for Washington. They control their own destiny as they head down the stretch if they can go no less thank 6-4 down the stretch. To keep from needing another team’s help, the worst they can go is 5-5. The Mystics can’t lose more than five games in this stretch without needing help.
While the start of the season didn’t go as planned or the stretch of the games heading into the break, the Mystics have a chance to play their best basketball of the season in it’s most important stretch. The road to the postseason starts Saturday night in Indiana, it’s all up to Washington now.