Mystics at Chicago Sky

August 2, 2014
Mystics at Chicago Sky

Records: Mystics 13-14, Sky 11-16.

Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.

When: 6 p.m.

Data: The Mystics are 2-0 against Chicago this season with two games left against the Sky. Washington is tied with Indiana for second in the Eastern Conference with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Sky is in fifth place but only a half-game out of the fourth and final playoff spot.

 The Mystics are coming off an 80-76 overtime loss to the New York Liberty on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Rookie guard Bria Hartley scored a layup with less than a second left in regulation for the Mystics to force overtime, but New York got five of its nine points in the extra period from Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown) to end Washington’s season-high four-game winning streak.

 The Liberty exposed what has become a glaring deficiency for Washington in recent games: offensive rebounding. The Mystics had a 20-8 shortfall in that category against New York and have been outrebounded offensively in each of their last four games. Point guard Ivory Latta leads Washington in scoring (12.3 points per game) and three-point shooting, both in percentage (.361) and number made (61 for 169). The Mystics’ lone representative in this year’s All-Star Game is averaging nearly 18 points over her last four games. Sky leading scorer Elena Delle Donne recently came back after missing 17 of 18 games with chronic Lyme disease symptoms. The 2013 WNBA rookie of the year scored 10 points in 10 minutes 38 seconds as a reserve in Chicago’s 87-74 win against the Liberty on Thursday night.

— Gene Wang

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