Crystal Langhorne was one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 23 points and nine rebounds. She was 10-14 from the field
Mystics guard Noelle Quinn added 10 points, three assists and three steals
Shannon Bobbitt led the bench with 10 points and dished out four assists
As a team, the Mystics dished out 19 assists with guard Jasmine Thomas leading the way with a game-high five assists
The game featured seven lead changes and seven ties with the Sun leading by as much as 13 and the Mystics leading by as much as seven
Four Sun players scored in double figures with center Tina Charles leading her team with 20 points
MYSTICS HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY
Overall thoughts on the game:
We did a lot of good things. I thought our defense the second half was much [better] except we just didnt do a good job of boxing out when we needed to. Mistie Mims had a lot of offensive boards and we had a tough time second half with Tina Charles. We had an opportunity down the stretch, and again, made some not so great decisions and werent able to close the game out. We remind ourselves that were playing with two young point guards and trying to teach in those situations. Its a really good learning [situation] for us but I was very proud of the way we fought back and I thought that we executed much better after having coming off of a long road trip. I was more pleased with their effort than the last time that we were at home.
On the teams execution:
Our ball movement was really good for three quarters of the game. I felt like late in the fourth quarter again, kind of the dragons head rose again, in terms of us holding on to the ball too much and the offense becoming stagnant. We ended up taking long shots at the end of the shot clock which is an area that we continue to work on, but close games you have to make plays down the stretch.
MYSTICS FORWARD CRYSTAL LANGHORNE
Overall thoughts on the game:
Were playing better but were still not winning so its tough. Were not executing down the stretch and messing up on defense, missing block outs, and things like that. You cant beat people when youre messing up on the little things. You always think youre going to make plays down the stretch no matter what it is. Every night were coming and were expecting to win so thats the thing we have to keep believing. Its tough with the way things are going but you wouldnt be a basketball player if you didnt expect to make a play.
On her first half performance:
I knew they werent going to let me keep shooting the ball, but we still played well. Other people were hitting shots, its just that at the end of game we didnt execute when we needed to.
On the next matchup versus Los Angeles:
I think its going to be a really big game especially with Alana [Beard] and Marissa [Coleman] coming back. Then having Candace Parker here; I just think its going to be a really big game on Friday.
Mystics by the number: Points: Crystal Langhorne - 23
Rebounds: Langhorne - 9
Assists: Jasmine Thomas - 5
Steals: Noelle Quinn, Matee Ajavon - 3