The Washington Times - June 20, 2009, 03:40PM

Last night was the first time this season the Mystics looked lost on defense. Not surprisingly, it resulted in their first loss.

The Mystics were shorthanded last night at the forward position and Atlanta, which poses enough size problems as it is with Erika DeSouza, Lyttle and Michelle Snow in the middle, took full advantage. The Dream held a 46-31 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive that led to 22 second-chance points.

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Atlanta just had too many easy baskets for the Mystics to overcome. Alana Beard summed it up.

“I don’t think we played our game at all,” she said. “To give up 93 points in the game that is not what we want to do. Every day we walk into practice we focus on our defense and defensively we did a lot of random things that is outside of our scheme.

Luckily for the Mystics, they have a chance to recover quickly with Chicago coming to town tonight.