After helping coach Team USA to its fifth straight gold medal in London, assistant coach Jennifer Gillom returns to the Mystics embracing the nickname "Golden Gillom."
"I love that name," Gillom told WashingtonMystics.com. "I came into practice today asking, "Do I look golden to you guys?"
For the second half of the season, Gillom and head coach Trudi Lacey have their work cut out for them. The Mystics made a bold move in the offseason gutting their roster to bring in 12 new players. With a 4-14 record, the move doesn't appear to be paying off yet. Guard Matee Ajavon said the team has agressively spent the Olympics break honing in on fundamentals in order to turn the team's record around.
"We're just getting back to basics with the team," Ajavon told WashingtonMystics.com. "I just got to continue to work on me. I'm working on my shots, continue to watch film and keep working on the basics."
In fairness, the team is on pace to improve on last season's 6-28 record. Ashley Robinson joined the Mystics this year from the Seattle Storm and told WNBA.com earlier in the season that turning a team around after such a massive roster overhaul is going to take time, certainly more than just the season's first half.
“It doesn’t happen in one year, I know that much,” Robinson said. “I was in Seattle and we had our core girls together for a good four, five, even six years before we took home a championship.”
The 6'2 forward for the Mystics has stepped up to not only to be one of the best players on the team but one of the best in the league.
She's ranked 11th in the league in scoring and rebounds with 16.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. By the time the season ends, she's on pace to play some of the best basketball of her four-year WNBA career.
– Aman Ali, WNBA.com