Notes & Quotes: Mystics 68 - Sparks 96


-The Mystics have now dropped their seventh consecutive game and lost the regular season series to the Los Angeles Sparks 0-2 in their last contest against a Western Conference opponent
-Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne was held to single-digit scoring for the fourth time this season, scoring six points off of 2-for-9 shooting from the field. In their previous matchup this season, Langhorne was held to a season-low two points
-The Mystics were led by forward Monique Currie who scored 16 points, shooting 4-for-9 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Currie also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists
-Mystics guard Jasmine Thomas added 15 points for the Mystics, shooting 7-for-16 from the field along with five boards. Thomas set a new career high in field goal attempts (16)
-The game featured three lead changes and three ties with the Sparks leading by as much as 28 points and the Mystics leading by as much as three
-The Sparks shot .619 from the field while the Mystics connected on .362 from the field, their seventh time shooting below .400 this season. The Sparks also shot .778 from three-point range
- The Los Angeles Sparks were led by guard Kristi Toliver and forward Candace Parker who scored 18 points apiece. Parker was one rebound and two assists shy of her first career triple-double, grabbing nine boards and dished out a game-high eight assists out of the team's 26 total assists
- Two other Sparks players scored in double figures including former Mystic Alana Beard (16 points) and guard/forward Jenna O'Hea (10 points)

Overall thoughts on the game:
"It was a tough loss. We showed moments of good execution. I thought Monique [Currie] came out and played well and Jasmine [Thomas] played well. But overall, a team that is that good, you can't turn the ball over. In the second quarter it was a six-point game and we turned it over three times in a row and before you knew it, we were down 15. Again, the thing that we focused on in the second half was getting some minutes and some playing time for our younger players so we just have to continue to do that and regroup for when we head down to Atlanta in a couple of days"

On the early execution:
"We were executing our game plan but like I said, we hit that lull in the second quarter where we cut it back to six and turned the ball over three times in a row and went down 15 and never recovered from that. I have to give them [Los Angeles] a lot of credit. They share the ball ran the ball; they ran everything through Candace Parker, she had eight assists. They shot the ball very well tonight and we at times mixed our defenses up which was effective but against a good team like that, you can't have a mental breakdowns and turnovers because they can score a lot of points in short period of time."

Overall thoughts on the game:
"I thought we had a good start and we just had a few defensive lapses and just mental mistakes that put us out of the game a little bit. We took advantage and got back within six early in the second quarter."

Positive takeaways from the game:
"Instead of focusing on other teams, we're trying to focus more on us. I think we did a lot more executing on what we were supposed to do. We played the ball well and just played together a little more fluidly."

Overall thoughts on the game:
"I didn't think that we matched them as far as stopping them on defense. We just had a lot of mental breakdowns. We kind of let them shoot the three comfortably. We had to try our best to fight back. We just had to knock down more shots and pick up the mental mistakes and we would have been right in the ball game."

On the depth of the team from the bench:
"Our bench comes off and tries to keep the same momentum that the starters have. So, that's important that we go in aggressive and try to keep the score as close as possible."

Mystics at a glance
Points: Monique Currie - 16
Rebounds: Michelle Snow - 7
Assists: Currie - 3
Steals: Crystal Langhorne, Jasmine Thomas, Matee Ajavon, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton - 2