Mystics make changes in light of losing streak
Admittedly, the Mystics are not living up to expectations, they have not won since August 1st, a losing streak spanning 7 games. Without Elena Delle Donne and other big name players, the reigning WNBA champions have failed to capitalize on last year’s success. Having won their first three games handily, the Mystics looked strong, mirroring their fairy tale 2019 season, until a loss against the Chicago Sky sent the team into a downward spiral.
The next few games were difficult, the Mystics were unable to perform and were plagued by injury and clearly missed some of their mainstays. In light of this, the Mystics have signed Alecia Sutton and waived Essence Carson. Carson, a thirty-four year old out of Rutgers has played upwards of 350 games in the WNBA but has under performed this season, “Carson averaged 4.3 points per game with the Mystics and appeared in all 10 of their games this season to date. Though she played a significant amount of time off the bench, Carson also shot a career-low 28.8 percent from the field (17-of-59 attempts) and 26.1 percent from three (6-of-23 attempts)” per Bullets Forever. Carson was added to the Mystics in late June in order to add some experience and further supplement the talent on the team. Carson, a seasoned veteran has played for four WNBA teams and won a WNBA Championship with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016.
Alecia Sutton, a third round pick in the 2020 draft was signed by the Mystics but was cut without a look in training camp due to the season’s delay from the coronavirus pandemic” according to Bullets Forever. Sutton, a twenty-one year old out of the University of Texas will look to infuse some much needed life into the Mystics especially as they square off against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, August 19th at 7pm EST.
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