The Washington Mystics have lost their last six games, causing head coach Trudi Lacey to tweak her lineup in an effort to scare up a win. The Mystics (2-10) have moved Monique Currie to the bench, and will go with recently acquired Shannon Bobbitt in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Lacey believes the reserve role is helping Currie’s point production, since her bench role generally means she’s playing against other reserves, but Currie disagrees, saying her point production is a result of taking better shots. Currie, who missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL, is in her seventh season with the Mystics.
Currie is averaging 11.2 points per game this season, and sounds as though she is hoping for a return to the starting lineup at some point. Currie has come off the bench for the past six games.
The Mystics will enter Sunday afternoon’s game with a chance to pull off a win against Phoenix (4-9), due to a rash of injuries to the Mercury’s roster. Candice Dupree (left knee contusion), former Mystic Nakia Sanford (left knee contusion), Diana Taurasi (strained left hip flexor) and Penny Taylor (ACL) are all on the injury list, with only Dupree and Sanford listed as day-to-day.
For the Mystics, Natasha Lacy is day-to-day with concussion like symptoms. It’s a 4pm tip-off from Verizon Center on Sunday.