The Mystics are mired in a 4-game losing streak, 1-5 on the season, which puts them last in the Eastern Conference, and two games better in the loss column than the Tulsa Shock, who have the league’s worst record at 1-7.
The Mystics will try to get their first home win today in a rematch against the Shock at Verizon Center in a 4pm start. Tulsa’s only victory of the year came against the Mystics on June 18.
Still without all star guard Alana Beard, who is listed as day to day with a foot injury, and Monique Currie, who is out for the season recovering form an ACL injury, the league granted the Mystics an additional roster spot under the medical hardship provision.
The team added Joy Cheek, a 6-foot-1 forward in her second year in the WNBA. A graduate of Duke, Cheek was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2010 draft. Cheek averaged 2.1 points per game with the Fever last year.
Cheek’s addition to the roster continues to make the Mystics look like Duke-north. The team now has five former Blue Devils on the squad – Cheek, Beard, Currie and rookies Karima Christmas and Jasmine Thomas.
Coach Trudi Lacey continues her glass-half full attitude, preferring to look on the positive side despite being 1-5, although she’s not above raising her voice quite loudly on the sidelines and during practice, especially when she sees the team relax on the defensive end.
“We have to play much better three-point defense,” Lacey said.
“We’re giving up 60 percent at the three-point line. Mostly it’s about us playing 40 minutes of basketball on both sides of the ball. I think if we do that, we should come out victorious,” Lacey said.
“We’re really just focussing on playing well for two halves and playing together and again, if we do that, we should be able to get the win.”
As for getting their first home win over the Shock?
“A little payback would be nice,” Lacey added.