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Washington Mystics coach Trudi Lacey needs to see her players take better care of the basketball.

The Tulsa Shock could make that a difficult task.

The well-rested Mystics look to avoid their first 0-2 start in four years Saturday night when they face a winless Shock team opening a season-high five-game trip.

After finishing an Eastern Conference-worst 6-28 in 2011, Washington (0-1) opened the season last Saturday with a 69-57 loss to Chicago. The Mystics' 23 turnovers led to 25 Sky points.

"Decisions, passes, simple things like pass and catch the basketball," Lacey said. "I would expect players with experience who have been in the league to make better decisions than we did early on."

Washington continues its three-game homestand against Tulsa (0-2), which makes its only visit to the nation's capital this season after forcing 46 turnovers in two games.

The Shock lost 89-87 to Phoenix on Tuesday after Scholanda Dorrell's putback was waved off when the referees ruled it came after the final buzzer. They fell 88-79 to San Antonio on Saturday despite leading by four with less than three minutes remaining.

"We feel like we played two really good games these last two games that we very well could have won," Dorrell said. "Now it's going to take us refocusing and not worrying about this loss or the last one and gearing up for our next one."

The Shock, a league-worst 1-16 away from home last season, have dropped both road games against the Mystics since relocating from Detroit following the 2009 season.

Washington, though, has lost five in a row overall and 14 of 15.

"We took that first game and we learned from it, so hopefully the things we did in practice will carry over into the game," guard Dominique Canty told the Mystics' official website.

Crystal Langhorne, who led Washington with 16 points and eight rebounds in the opener, had 23 points, seven boards and 11 turnovers in Tulsa's last visit - an 83-63 Mystics victory June 26.

Eight days earlier, the Shock defeated Washington 77-59, and that remains their largest margin of victory since relocating.

Ivory Latta led Tulsa with 22 points in that game and is averaging 15.0 this season to rank second on the team behind newcomer Temeka Johnson, who is averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 assists. Johnson, the 2005 rookie of the year with Washington, spent the past three years with Phoenix and totaled 10 points and nine assists in two wins over the Mystics last season.

Washington has won five of seven in this series since the start of 2009.



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