Mystics look to bounce back against Mercury


Trudi Lacey, left. Michelle Snow, right, and Monique Currie lost by 31 points Monday night in Los Angeles. Though Snow was the lone bright spot with a season-high 15 points. (Richard Lipski/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
June 19, 2012
Mystics at Mercury

When: 10 p.m. Where: US Airways Arena, Phoenix

Records: Washington 2-6, Phoenix 2-7

Rough start: Washington’s three-game road trip to the West Coast couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start Monday night when the Mystics suffered their worst defeat of the season in a 101-70 loss to Los Angeles. It was the franchise’s 12th-straight loss away from Verizon Center dating from last season. Leading scorers Crystal Langhorne and Matee Ajavon were held to a season-low two points each.

Turnover troubles again: It seemed the Mystics had gotten over their early-season turnover issues, but they cropped up once again Monday night as Washington committed 25 turnovers. It was the third time in eight games this year the Mystics have turned the ball over more than 20 times, and it was the biggest reason why the Sparks were able to break open what had an eight-point game at halftime.

Snow surge: The one bright spot against Los Angeles was center Michelle Snow, who scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. The 10-year veteran has responded well to being inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago, averaging 10.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in the three games since then.

by Mark Giannotto

Mystics at Mercury

When: 10 p.m. Where: US Airways Arena, Phoenix

Records: Washington 2-6, Phoenix 2-7

Rough start: Washington’s three-game road trip to the West Coast couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start Monday night when the Mystics suffered their worst defeat of the season in a 101-70 loss to Los Angeles. It was the franchise’s 12th-straight loss away from Verizon Center dating from last season. Leading scorers Crystal Langhorne and Matee Ajavon were held to a season-low two points each.

Turnover troubles again: It seemed the Mystics had gotten over their early-season turnover issues, but they cropped up once again Monday night as Washington committed 25 turnovers. It was the third time in eight games this year the Mystics have turned the ball over more than 20 times, and it was the biggest reason why the Sparks were able to break open what had an eight-point game at halftime.

Snow surge: The one bright spot against Los Angeles was center Michelle Snow, who scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. The 10-year veteran has responded well to being inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago, averaging 10.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in the three games since then.

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