The Washington Times - July 16, 2011, 12:01PM

The Mystics lost another road game, dropping a Friday night contest to the Phoenix Mercury, 78-65.

The Mystics have the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 2-10, and the second worst in the league, just in front of the Tulsa Shock, who are 1-13.


Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 17 points and eight rebounds; Matee Ajavon scored 14. The Mercury were led by Candice Dupree with 20 points, while Diana Taurasi scored 13.

The Mystics had yet another rough outing offensively, shooting just 35 percent from the field.

Next up for the Mystics are the Los Angeles Sparks, 6-6, led by Candace Parker, who averages 17.7 points per game and 9.9 rebounds. Also playing well for the Sparks is former Mystic DeLisha Milton-Jones, who is averaging 13.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds.

Milton-Jones spent three seasons in Washington, from 2005 through 2007, before returning to the Sparks, where she played the first six seasons of her career.

The two teams will square off on Sunday at 8:30pm, and the game will be televised on NBA-TV.

The Mystics will then return home to Verizon Center, where they will face the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday. The Mystics defeated the Dream back on June 9, which was their first win of the season. The only other Mystics win came against the Tulsa Shock on June 26.