The Mystics' Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, right, defends, Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner in a June matchup. Wisdom-Hylton has scored 10 points in each of Washington’s past two games. (Ross D. Franklin/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Mystics at Liberty

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Prudential Center, Newark

Records: Washington 5-20; New York 9-16

Cause for optimism? The Mystics have lost six of seven games since the WNBA returned from a month-long Olympic break. They dropped their fourth straight contest Thursday in an 82-59 blowout at Atlanta. But perhaps Washington’s most complete performance this season came against New York in a 70-53 win in July.

Second-half malaise: Washington’s past two losses have been the result of poor starts after halftime. Against Atlanta on Thursday, the Mystics led at halftime, but watched their strong first half go to waste amid a bevy of missed shots. Washington mustered just 26 points in the third and fourth quarters combined, continuing a season-long trend for the WNBA’s lowest-scoring team.

Wisdom-Hylton surging: The lone bright spot on Washington’s road swing has been reserve forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. She scored 10 points off the bench at Indiana on Tuesday and was rewarded with a season-high 25 minutes of playing time against Atlanta. Wisdom-Hylton took advantage of the opportunity, finishing with 10 points and a season-high seven rebounds. This year, she’s averaging 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

— Mark Giannotto