Home Away From Home

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Records: Chicago 8-8, Washington 5-12.

Where: UIC Pavilion.

When: 8 p.m.


Radio: WWRC (1260).

Home Away From Home: Interim coach Tree Rollins said his team seems more focused on the road, away from distractions and without the pressure of performing before family and friends at Verizon Center. This is why it may not be such a bad thing that the Mystics play on the road for the final time before the all-star break. Statistics seem to back the coach's theory. The Mystics are 3-5 on the road compared to a WNBA-worst 2-7 at home. Away from home, the Mystics post better numbers in field goal percentage (42.9 compared to 39.0 at home) and points per game (83.8 to 71.4 at home).

Turn Back the Clock: During 11 games in the month of June, Washington went 5-6 after going 0-4 in May. The Mystics even capped the month by stunning the defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock. But during its two games in July, Washington is 0-2. The Mystics' scoring average has also plummeted to 70.5, a dropoff that can be partially attributed to 17.5 percent three-point shooting during that span. Despite the lack of offensive firepower, the Mystics have had a chance to win both July games. But defensive woes were too much to overcome, spurring Rollins to spend more time on man-to-man defense in practices leading up to tonight's matchup with Chicago, which is just 2-5 at home.

-- Marc Carig

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