By Cardell Dudley
How did the Mystics drop their second straight loss to the surging Chicago Sky? 34.8% shooting from the field for the game. It's that simple. If it wasn't for the outstanding shooting from the free throw line (16-19), things could've got very ugly for the Mystics. Yes all star center Sylvia Fowles ( 21 points and 16 rebounds) took full advantage in the paint of the missing veteran presence of Kia Vaughn, who was out due to a suspension. And yes, Elena Delle Donne came off the bench and was nearly perfect from the field, scoring 18 points on 7-9 shooting to pace the Sky. However the Mystics cold shooting is mainly the reason why they lost 72-69, dropping into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Sky, who are 5-1 since Delle Donne returned from a battle with Lyme disease. Monique Currie led the Mystics with 18 points on 6-13 shooting while Mystics rookie Stefanie Dolson, in her first pro start, posted a doube double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Chicago outrebounded the Mystics 41-29 and dominated offensively in the paint, outscoring the Mystics 42-30. The magic number for the Mystics to qualify for the playoffs remains at one. Win one of their remaining two games and they are in. The Mystics travels to play Connecticut Friday.