When: 4 p.m.
Where: BOK Center, Tulsa
Records: Washington, 3-11; Tulsa, 2-13
Battle for last place:
Coming off a 78-73 loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night, the Mystics face Tulsa in a matchup of franchises that both sit in last place in their respective conferences for a second straight year. With back-to-back games against Eastern Conference leader Connecticut looming before the Olympic break, Washington’s slow start to the season could become unsalvageable.
What’s wrong with Ajavon?
When Washington beat Tulsa, 64-61, on May 26 at Verizon Center, guard Matee Ajavon led all players with 19 points. But Ajavon, the Mystics’ second-leading scorer last season, has been held below double digits in six of the past seven games. On Friday, Ajavon was held to four points, spending much of the second half on the bench. Coach Trudi Lacey said Ajavon was hurt, but she declared herself healthy to a reporter in the locker room.
Washington has had issues with ball security all season, and it cropped up again as the Mystics committed 18 turnovers against San Antonio. Lacey is counting on improvement from point guards Shannon Bobbitt (five turnovers, no assists) and Jasmine Thomas.
— Mark Giannotto