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Mystics at Liberty

Crystal Langhorne, at left working against Seattle’s Sue Bird, and the Mystics have lost eight in a row and enter Wednesday’s game at New York with a WNBA-worst 5-24 record. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Prudential Center, Newark

Records: Washington 5-24; New York 12-17

Losing streak: Washington has been at the bottom of the Eastern Conference for much of the season, and on top of that the Mystics are in the midst of their worst stretch to close the year. They’ve lost eight straight games, and the past two defeats have been by a combined 53 points. If Washington doesn’t win one of its final five games, it would finish with the second-worst record in franchise history.

Stakes high for Liberty: New York, on the other hand, has much more to play for than pride. The Liberty is tied with Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games to play. New York is 2-1 against Washington this season, including a 79-73 victory earlier this month.

Offense, please: The Mystics had four players finish in double figures Sunday when they lost to Atlanta, but Washington remains the only team in the WNBA averaging fewer than 70 points per game. The Mystics shot a combined 36.4 percent from the field the past two games, and barring an unexpected late surge, will likely finish as the WNBA’s lowest scoring team this year.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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