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Topic - Kelly Miller
Perhaps it was the timely return of forward Monique Currie, or coach Trudi Lacey's tweaking of the starting lineup. But whatever the cause, the results were positive as the Washington Mystics napped a nine-game losing streak with an 85-81 win over the Atlanta Dream at Verizon Center on Thursday night.
In what has been a flat-out awful season for the Washington Mystics (5-24), the unexpected return of Monique Currie to the lineup could provide the spark to help pull them out of a nine-game losing streak.
Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and Sylvia Fowles scored 14 — all in the second half — and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to an 80-67 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
In a season with only five wins, every victory stands out for the Mystics, but none more than the last time they faced the Los Angeles Sparks. Washington pulled off an overtime comeback win, 89-85 in Los Angeles, after trailing by 24 points in the third quarter.
With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Washington Mystics led the New York Liberty by one point. After so many close losses at the buzzer this season, it was beginning to feel like déjà vu all over again.
Coming off a nine-day layoff, New York struggled with rust and last-place Washington before making enough big plays down the stretch to pull out another win.
The Washington Mystics opened the second half of the season Tuesday night against the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars with only one thought — to right a sinking ship that had them in last place in the the Eastern Conference with a 3-11 record.
With the Washington Mystics in a three-game funk, the end of Monday's practice was coach Trudi Lacey's way of getting back to basics. Players scattered around the practice court and shot 50 free throws apiece, a small effort to improve the third-worst free throw percentage in the WNBA.
The Mystics followed a well-traveled road in their game against Connecticut on Thursday night, falling behind early and mounting a comeback that fell short. Through a combination of unforced turnovers and offensive struggles, Washington trailed by as many as 17 in the first half en route to losing 79-71 at Verizon Center, in its second straight defeat.
The Mystics have an early chance at redemption against the Connecticut Sun, the team that handed them their first loss of the season, 89-73 on June 4, when they face them again at Verizon Center on Thursday.
Even with a depleted roster, Crystal Langhorne loves the Washington Mystics' tough spirit.
The Washington Mystics will open their season on the road Saturday against the Connecticut Sun with a roster that includes four rookies.
When the Washington Mystics took the court at the beginning of the second half against the Chicago Sky, they were clinging to a one-point lead in a game that had already seen five lead changes.
There's a new feeling surrounding the Washington Mystics this season, and it was evident from the moment they took the court Thursday in their new home white uniforms, appropriately trimmed in red and blue.
Lindsey Harding says it didn't take long for her to see Atlanta's players are hungry for another run at a championship after being swept by Seattle in last season's WNBA finals.
"I've had other tough years where we didn't win too many games, but I see improvements with this team. We've improved as the season has gone one, so that been a positive note for us. In the future, that will just make us stronger," Miller said.
"They have a lot of height on the perimeter, so we have to play our game, and at the same time take them out of their rhythm. That will be important for us," Miller said.