Mystics center Stefanie Dolson shoots over Suns forward Chiney Ogwumike
It's been a tough season for the Washington Mystics and it came to a rough end as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 87-78. The Mystics simply had no answer for the inside play of the Sun's young front court of Alyssa Thomas (16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assist ), Chiney Ogwumike (10 points,10 rebounds) and former George Washington standout Jonquel Jones (21 points, 7 rebounds). The trio combined to score 47 of the teams 87 points and grabbed 27 of the teams 46 rebounds. The front court of the Mystics tried to lessen the impact of the Suns inside play with some good play of their own. Emma Meesseman and Stefanie Dolson both finished with 18 points, however it wasn't close to being enough.
"I just felt that we were too passive tonight" said Mystics coach Mike Thibault. " One of the way's that you know you're competing is when you make a concerted effort on the boards and they had 14 offensive boards and we had 3. So what ends up happening is they get 80 attempts and we only get 59. That obviously was a bad sign."
The game was back an forth throughout, although when it came to effort plays, the Suns won that battle convincingly. Washington was out rebounded 46 to 32 and out scored in the paint 44 to 26.
Tierra Ruffin Pratt as always battled, finishing with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assist while rookie wing Kahleah Copper posted 15 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
Washington finishes the season 13-21.
Former George Washington star center Jonquel Jones gave DC a show in her return finishing with 21 points and 7 rebounds
Mystics rookie Kahleah Copper posted 15 points and 7 rebounds off the bench
Former Terp Alyssa Thomas was dominant in the paint, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assist