The Washington Times - July 15, 2009, 03:24PM

Maybe it was the early start time. Maybe it was their schedule. For whatever reason, the Mystics looked sluggish at Verizon Center in losing to San Antonio 79-78.

The Mystics jumped out to an early lead, then hit a wall. A lineup of mostly San Antonio reserves rolled off a 14-2 run in the second quarter. And then San Antonio’s stars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young took the game over from there. Hammon had 21 points and Young had 20.

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Matee Ajavon sparked life into Washington with 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Mystics cut the Silver Stars’ lead from 12 points to one. It seemed like more end-game heroics were coming from Alana Beard, but Washington turned the ball over (their 18th on the day) on the last play of the game.

Coach Julie Plank admitted the team looked tired today, and all signs point to that being the case—the Mystics played lazy defense and committed a bunch of turnovers. They have a day off tomorrow to rest before getting ready for New York on Saturday.