Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky

May 31, 2012
Mystics at Sky

When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.

Record: Washington 1-2, Chicago 2-1.

Building momentum? Coming off an encouraging loss to the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, the Mystics have the opportunity to build on that close defeat and seek some redemption at the same time in their first road game of the year against the Chicago Sky.

Turnover turnaround: Washington lost to the Sky, 69-57, to open the regular season, but that setback was due in large part to the Mystics’ 23 turnovers, a problem Coach Trudi Lacey’s squad seemed to remedy in its two-point loss to Minnesota.

In fact, the Mystics were the ones who turned miscues into points against the Lynx, led by a career-high seven steals from guard Matee Ajavon. Minnesota’s 18 turnovers were a big factor in Washington taking a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter after trailing by 24 points in the first half.

The Mystics remain a work in progress in terms of putting together two halves and finishing out close games, despite an influx of veterans to the roster. A key factor against Chicago will be how Washington handles Sky center Sylvia Fowles, who finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds two weeks ago against the Mystics.

— Mark Giannotto

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