The Washington Times - July 10, 2011, 04:00PM

For three quarters, the Mystics looked like they just might pull off a miracle and upset the team with the best record in the league, the Indiana Fever, who were 8-3 going into Saturday’s game.

But the Mystics had more turnovers, nine, than points, seven, in the fourth quarter and lost 68-57.


The loss drops the Mystics to 2-8. The Fever improve to 9-3. Forward Crystal Langhorne missed her third straight game with back stiffness, and is still listed as day-to-day.

“I thought we played well for three quarters,” said Mystics coach Trudi Lacey.

” Indiana came out physical and tough in the second half.  It was about execution and we had too many turnovers for them to make easy baskets,” Lacey said. 

The Mystics shot 10 for 19 in the first quarter, but 12 only for 38 the remaining three quarters. 

“The message after the game was take the good stuff, the good stuff being defense,” center Nicky Anosike said.

“We kept them to 25 at the half.  Our defense is getting better.  25 points at the half is crazy, crazy.  Defense is a great thing to be successful.  We’ve got to keep our poise and try to improve,” Anosike said. 

 Anosike scored 12 points and forward Marissa Coleman had 11.  

“Nicky said it all.  We have to keep on improving,” Coleman said.

“We did a lot of things well.  Continue to work on our consistencies and a lot of things will improve.”

The Mystics next game is Tuesday on the road against the Seattle Storm.