The Washington Mystics got their first crack at the Seattle Storm since getting swept in last year's WNBA Finals. Once again the Storm got the better of the Mystics, rallying late to win 73-71.
Despite losing Kristi Toliver early in the game from getting back to back technical fouls, resulting in an ejection, the Mystics held a 13 point lead at one point in the fourth quarter.
However, Washington's offense stalled and Seattle showed their championship mettle by cutting the lead and then going ahead courtesy of a clutch jumper by Jewel Loyd. The visitors won the fourth quarter 21-8, a combination of good defense and Washington simply missing open looks. The Mystics would have a chance to tie, but Aerial Powers layup attempt didn't fall.
Mike Thibault addressed the media following the game and said his team essentially "gave one away" and will have to "get one back" on the road to make up for this loss.
Seattle's front line was dominant in this one, getting double-doubles from both Natasha Howard(19 points, 11 rebounds) and Mercedes Russell(15 points, 10 rebounds).
The Mystics shot just 35% as a team, Elena Delle Donne led the way with 19 points and Aerial Powers had 16 points.
Washington had a few mental lapses and Seattle stayed poised, it's the little things and the Mystics still have to get to that point. Where the little things are taken care of on a regular basis for them to reach their potential.
The Mystics have now lost two in a row after reeling off four consecutive wins. They've fallen to fifth in the league and third in the East, Connecticut continues to roll and are 7-1.
Washington's next four games are on the road, first out West to take on they Sparks and Aces. Then back to the East Coast to play Atlanta and Chicago.