Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It was a special day in D.C today as the Washington Mystics played a game before the biggest crowd yet for the Capitals Game 5 watch party at Capital One Arena that also featured their match-up against the best team in the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx.
The Mystics did not fare as well as they would have liked in this game, but they definitely made it a game late in the fourth quarter behind some strong play from Natasha Cloud who led the Mystics with 17 points.
In the postgame locker room, Thibault and his players agreed with Cloud. The loss had a silver lining: Perhaps the Mystics (5-4) had gained some new fans.
“We know they’re here for the Caps game afterward, but exposure is exposure for us,” Cloud said. “We can win a few fans over from this game, and they were in it from start to finish. We really appreciate them. It’s hard for that type of energy to not relate back to how we play on the court. Obviously not the finish that we wanted, but we’re a team that’s going to fight our [butts] off, and we’re a likable team. So hopefully we won some fans over.”
Elena Delle Donne finished the night with just eight points, her worst performance of the young season which saw the Mystics drop their third straight in a row to a Minnesota team that is also struggling at 3-5 0n the season.
Big take away from this game was that the Mystics had no second chance points in the entire game, while the Lynx had 20 behind a strong inside effort from Sylvia Fowles.
Up next for the Mystics is a date with the Connecticut Sun on the road on June 13th before returning home on the 15th to face the Sparks.