Mystics guard Taylor Hill continued her strong play to start the season, finishing with 20 points and 4 assists, yet it wasn't enough as Washington fell to Dallas 87-77
In the second of a three game home stand to start the season for the Mystics (0-2), their offensive woes continued as they fell to the visiting Dallas Wings (2-1) 87-77. Sometimes it comes down to hustle plays to decide a game and that is exactly what was the difference in this one. Despite the Mystics shooting a better percentage from the field (43.3% ), winning the battle for points in the paint (48-34) and having the edge on the boards (36-35), they were dominated in second chance points (8-20). Dallas led from start to finish by out hustling the Mystics throughout the game. It seemed as if every loose ball, the Wings got to it first which ultimately ended any chance of a Mystics comeback. Taylor Hill, who has been in All WNBA form to start the season scored 20 points to lead the Mystics while forward Emma Meesseman (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Kia Vaughn (12 points, 4 rebounds) combined for 31 points and 11 rebounds. Dallas, who were led by explosive guard Odyssey Sims (22 points-Game High) shot a blistering 95 percent from the free throw line (19-20) and only committed 12 turnovers in the game. Erin Phillips posted 16 points, while Karima Christmas added a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mystics will look to regroup and earn their first win this Friday at 7 pm as they host the LA Sparks (1-0) in the last of their three game home stand. The Wings will host the San Antonio Silver Stars (0-1) Saturday at 8:30 pm.
Mystics forward Emma Meesseman was efficient scoring 19 points on 9-13 shooting, however, Wings guard Odyssey Sims was unstoppable, scoring a game high 22 points on 6-13 shooting from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line