Sunday, July 5, 2009

11/2009 - Dream 72, Mystics 65: Clawing Our Way to the Top

Crystal might have gotten more than she bargained for with Angel.

We'll take a look at a few of the stats from the Dream/Mystics game and designate our winners and losers.

Four Factors

Field goal shooting: The Dream win this category, 41.2 percent to 38.5 percent. This is a low shooting game for the Dream, which has exceeded 50 percent shooting in a few games. It's an even worse showing for the Mystics.

Worthy of note: The Mystics went after us on the perimeter, but only sank two of their shots, shooting 2-for-11. The only player who hit a 3-pointer for the Dream was Shalee Lehning. We were 1-for-4 in the long bomb.

Offensive rebounds: We lost the battle 16 to 8, and we lost the overall rebounding battle 40 to 29. The problem is that in order for us to dominate the boards, both Lyttle and de Souza have to have a good games. De Souza has been off her mark the last couple of games, we hope she comes back.

Turnovers: Washington had 28 turnovers, which led to the Dream's 17 steals being a franchise record. You can't turn over the ball 28 times and win...although I suspect that the Mystics could have come close. The Dream had 18 turnovers of its own, leading to a lot of sloppy-looking play out there.

Free throw visits: Both teams were about even - we visited the stripe 21 times; the Mystics had 20 visits. We picked up two extra points off free throws, but we only shot 71 percent. Washington's 65 percent shooting was horrible.

Let's look at the Mystics players:

Alana Beard: 16 points on 18 shooting attempts. Clearly, Beard was the Mystics best player but she went AWOL in the second quarter for some reason. Beard led the Mystics in turnovers with six.
Lindsey Harding: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists.
Crystal Langhorne: 10 points and 8 assists. Four turnovers.
Monique Currie: 1-for-8 shooting. Five points.
Chasity Melvin: 7 points with a -18 in raw plus/minus.

And now for the Dream....

Sancho Lyttle: The Dream organization named Chamique Holdsclaw the Player of the Game, but in my opinion, that honor belonged strictly to Sancho. Lyttle scored 16 points to Holdsclaw's 18, and had five steals. Furthermore, she scored all of her points in only 15 minutes of play. This makes Lyttle the Dreamer of the Game.

Chamique Holdsclaw: ...on the other hand, I'd certainly give Holdsclaw credit for a night where she had 18 points and 8 assists. The eight assists tied her personal best. However, Lyttle shot 8-for-11 from the field and The Claw had five turnovers.

Angel McCoughtry: Maybe Angel is finally out of Meadors's doghouse. 14 points for Angel with a raw +/- of +13. Not a bad night for the rookie.

Michelle Snow: If Snow can keep having good games and meeting the standard she set last year with the Comets, the Dream can win games. 8 points, 8 rebounds with Snow stepping up where Lyttle and de Souza were absent on the boards.

Shalee Lehning: Lehning has played better in these last three games. She might be more comfortable with her role, but she needs to shoot more, or defenses will lay off her and begin defending players she'll want to dish to if they figure that she won't take the shot anyway. Lehning had 5 points including her first 3-pointer.

Jennifer Lacy: 4 points, but 8 rebounds. Unfortunately, she shot 1-for-6 from the field.

Ivory Latta: You can guess that we're getting into the realm of "didn't hurt/didn't help". Latta only played 1:03, so there wasn't much more that Ivory could contribute beyond the steal. But at least the steal took the ball out of Washington's hands.

Coco Miller: 4 points. Her 1-for-8 shooting was even worse than Lacy's.

Erika de Souza: What happened, Erika? De Souza went 1-for-5 with just two rebounds and three personal fouls in only 13 minutes played. Erika has been off her game these past two games - let's hope for a wake-up call tonight in Indianapolis.

Iziane Castro Marques: 18 minutes played. 0-for-5 shooting. Three turnovers, including one to start off the game. Two points. Iziane is at least used to being at the bottom of these list. Call Iziane Still Snoozing and hope that she can wake up and put some points on the board.

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