Game Preview: Mystics vs. Storm 8/25

Washington Mystics (13-14) vs. Seattle Storm (15-11)
Game # 28
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
10:00 P.M.
Key Arena
Seattle, WA


Series Notes:

This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams. Last season the Mystics and the Storm split the series 1-1, each team winning on their home court. Mystics guard Alana Beard averaged 12.5 points per game against the Storm last year while forward Monique Currie added 8.0 points per game. Storm forward Lauren Jackson and guard Sue Bird led their team with 13.0 and 12.5 points per game respectively. The Mystics lead the all-time series 8-7.

Series History:

MOST POINTS 97 @ WAS 7/24/07 96 @ WAS 7/24/07
FEWEST POINTS 60 @ SEA 7/3/00 52 @ WAS 6/10/05
LARGEST VICTORY 64-52 @ WAS 6/10/05 91-68 @ SEA 8/11/07
LAST WIN AT HOME 89-57 6/20/08 64-49 6/29/08
LAST WIN ON ROAD 78-71 7/13/05 73-71 7/24/07

Team Notes

Most Improved

Forward Crystal Langhorne leads the team in rebounding at 7.9 per contest, the third highest average in the WNBA. Langhorne ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds pulling down 3.0 per game. She is also averaging 29.7 minutes per game and 11.8 points per game, ranking third on her team in scoring. In 2008, Langhorne averaged 15.6 mpg, 4.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg.

Career Highs

Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne had a career high performance against the Connecticut Sun on August 14th when she scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Mystics win. Langhorne shot the game-winning jumper with 9.1 seconds left in the Mystics first double overtime game of the season.

Free Throws

Mystics forward Monique Currie had five back-to-back games from August 2 through August 14 where she scored a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line. Currie is second on the Mystics squad in free throw shooting with 84.3 percent from the line. Last season she shot 83.1 percent in that category.

Mystics Milestones

Forward Monique Currie reached her 500th career rebound, posting four rebounds in the Mystics loss against the New York Liberty on Sunday. Mystics forward Nakia Sanford recorded her 100th career block, posting two blocks against the Detroit Shock on August 11. Guard Alana Beard surpassed her career 3,000 points when she led all scorers with 18 points in the Mystics loss against the Connecticut Sun on August 9.