Washington –The Sky fell to the Mystics 118-81 Wednesday night; however, it was not the score that left Chicago holding their collective breaths.
Already missing Cheyenne Parker due to injury, the Sky also lost both Tamera Young and reigning league MVP Elena Delle Donne with injuries after only one quarter of play. Young left the game after rolling an ankle, while Delle Donne logged only eight minutes of action before hurting her right thumb. The Sky said injury statuses are forthcoming.
The Mystics went on to outscore Chicago 93-62 for the remainder of the contest. Their points broke a franchise record.
The Mystics have now won two in a row, continuing their late playoff push as the season winds down. They are currently one game out of a playoff spot.
Tayler Hill lead Washington with 21 points, but she said she is only concerned with one statistic, and on getting into the postseason.
“As long as we keep winning, that’s all that matters.” Hill said. “We know we’re in a life or death situation right now, so we have to come into every game with a sense of urgency. And I think when you come into a game with a sense of urgency, you try to play a full 40 minutes and I don’t know what puts people in that position, when you’re in a life or death situation, what changes things. But we have to figure out a way next year to come out like this every game.”
Despite the lopsided loss, Sky coach Pokey Chatman reminded her team to stay focused, especially with the postseason approaching.
“I told them, as bad as it was, it is one game, we play in less than 48 hours, get rested, have some people heal up,” she said.
“We are going to have to be a little more aggressive on both ends of the floor, and dictate a little more, not let people get off to a comfortable start especially when they are on their home court, and everyone is fighting for positioning.”
Even with the loss, the Sky did see four players notch double digits in scoring, including Courtney Vandersloot’s 17 and Cappie Pondexter’s 16.
Chicago will now look to get back in the win column when they visit the Indiana Fever on Friday.