The Washington Times - July 9, 2011, 12:59PM

The Washington Mystics (2-7) will face one of their toughest challenges of the season as they travel to Indiana to take on the Fever, the team with the best record in the league at 8-3.

Always optimistic, head coach Trudi Lacey has a game plan in mind.


“Indiana’s playing very well. It’s a tough place to play in. But I feel that there are parts of our game that are getting a lot better,” Lacey said.

“Our defense is improving; we’ve just got to find a little bit of flow offensively. I think if we do that, we can come away with a win,” Lacey said.

Tonight’s game is the second of five regular season games between the two teams. In their previous meeting, a June 21 contest at Verizon Center, the Fever won 89-80. Indiana is currently on a five-game winning streak while the Mystics have lost four of their last five games.

Leading the Fever are nine-year veteran Tamika Catchings, who averages 13.6 points per game, and 10-year veteran Katie Douglas, who averages 16.5 points per game this season.

The Mystics leading scorer, Crystal Langhorne, is averaging 18.1 points per game.

Langhorne has missed the last two games with back stiffness, but has been penciled into tonight’s starting lineup. She could be a game time decision. Alana Beard is still sidelined with a left foot injury and has not played all season.

“We’ve been plagued with injuries, so that’s been part of our issue with finding good rotations. So we’re just going to continue to do that [find good rotations], and begin to find our offensive flow,” Lacey said.

The Mystics and Fever tip off tonight at 7.