By: Darrell Owens
Headline Photo Credit: Darrell Owens-LMS Network
Today’s Mystics/Mercury contest started nice and early at 11:30am for Washington Mystics Camp Day. Youth Summer Camps in the surrounding DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) areas came out in full force to support the Mystics. Unfornately, the kids would miss out on watching June Eastern Conference Player Of The Month, Mystics Forward Elena Delle Donne, who was out with a broken nose. Also sidelined with an injury, Mercury Star & WNBA Legend Diana Taursai.
Despite the injuries to two of the WNBA’s heavyweights, we were treated to a highly competitive game early with great action from both teams. Mercury held the lead at the Half, 49 to 44. It looked like we would get an intense 2nd Half from both teams, but that would not be the case. The Mystics were outscored 42-24, leading to a Mercury 91-68 victory.
Phoenix shot over 50% from the floor lead by Brittany Griner’s 25 points (11/16 FG) & 8 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner scored 22 points in the victory. Mystics Forward Tianna Hawkins dropped 24 points in a losing effort. Ariel Atkins would scored 14 in the lost.
Mystics fall to 9-5 on the season and are still the top team in the Eastern Conference & a half game back of the top spot in the league. Saturday, July 13 at 7pm EST, Washington will host Las Vegas in a battle of the league’s top teams. Phoenix improves their record to 7-6 and their next matchup will be Friday, July 12 at 5pm EST in Connecticut vs. the Sun.