After suffering their first home loss to the now 8-0 Minnesota Lynx Friday night, the Mystics looked to keep their home court record in good standing with just one loss. They did just that by defeating the Indiana Fever 88-70. The Mystics are currently first in the eastern conference and second in the league. Coach Thibault would not have believed this before the season.
“If you would have told me at training camp that after 10 games we would be 7-3 despite all of the stuff that’s going on I’d say ok we’ll take it so there we are. Now we have a week to try to get healthy, get stuff cleaned up with better execution, so it’s a good feeling.”
The Mystics (7-3) clicked immediately offensively and defensively in the first quarter in from of a crowd of 6,194 spectators. The Mystics shot an impressive 55 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. Indiana went 0-for-4 from three and shot only 30 percent from the field. They took a 29-12 lead to end the first quarter.
Their momentum and attitude carried over into the second quarter, taking a 48-35 lead into halftime. The Mystics pretty much dominated the entire third quarter like the rest of the game. However Indiana finished the third quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 13. But in the fourth, Washington proved too touch for any run the Fever tried to go on, leaving the Fever with chills heading back to Indiana.
The Mystics had 43 rebounds to Fever’s 23 and shot 45.5 percent from the field and 47.6 from behind the arc.
Not even having a full 48 hours to rest and fully prepare for the next game, the Mystics did not let that get to them. They came out swinging and didn’t let the 25-point blow out loss they suffered Friday carry into the next game.
“You lost to the best team,” Thibault said. “Things like that happen it’s the same as in the game if you have a turnover you have to pay the next play, so letting that be a hangover would be the worst thing you could do. The mark of a good team we talked about is the one that could bounce back after a game like that and do the right things. We had a great shoot around yesterday. Upbeat and you can tell that ok well learn from the other day here’s another opportunity to put distance between ourselves and some teams.”
“Their mood for today started yesterday when they walked through the door.”
The Mystics got the win and also some new records for some of the team. Tayler Hill reached her 200th career assist. Krystal Thomas notched her first double double of the season. Elena Delle Donne also reached 750 rebound mark in tonight’s game. Her game will develop more with time as the Mystics gel together. When her game gels, everyone else’s will and they can turn out to be a dangerous team as the season progresses.
The Mystics, having only less than two days to prepare for this game, will have a full week to rest and practice until they host the Dallas Wings next Sunday. Tip off starts at 3 p.m.