Forward Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to a 66-55 win Thursday over the Chicago Sky at Verizon Center. Veteran point guard Kelly Miller tallied 12 points and finished as the only other Washington player to score in double figures.
The Mystics finished their preseason slate 2-0 and will open their regular season June 4 at Connecticut.
Langhorne also tied a team-high with three steals while contributing to a defensive effort that improved as the game progressed. Chicago shot 53.3 percent from the field and scored 19 points in the first quarter. The Sky shot 30.6 percent from the field the rest of the afternoon and tallied 22 points in the entire second half.
The Mystics overcame the continued struggles of shooting guard Alana Beard, who is returning to competitive action after missing all of last season with an ankle tendon injury. Beard missed all seven of her shots Thursday and shot a combined 1 for 15 in Washington’s two preseason games. The Mystics won, 60-57, Wednesday at New York.
Washington shot 41.2 percent from the field and made 3 of 8 three-point attempts. After the Mystics recorded 20 turnovers Thursday, Coach Trudi Lacey acknowledged the team’s offensive timing remains a little off.
“We still have a long way to go,” Lacey said. “Training camp, it’s a process. You learn a lot and get a lot of feedback, so these two games will give our staff a lot of information about our team and we’ll figure out ways to get better.”