5 Must See Home Games
July 3rd vs. Seattle: There should be plenty of fireworks on display come July 3rd when the defending Eastern Conference regular season Champion Mystics host the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. While the Storm boast one of the best teams in the WNBA including MVP Lauren Jackson, the Mystics had no trouble disposing of the West's best last year at Verizon Center by knocking off the Storm 80-71.
July 20th vs. Atlanta: After having their season cut short by the Dream in the first round of the playoffs, the Mystics will be looking to deliver some payback when they host Atlanta for the first time during the 2011 season. Head Coach Trudi Lacey has made it clear in her off-season talks that the Mystics' style of play next season will focus on defense and an offense that plays up-tempo. Last season, the Dream played a similar style of fast paced basketball and this game will provide a great mid-season test for both teams.
August 6th vs. New York: In a 2010 season filled with memorable moments, there may have been no bigger moment than Lindsey Harding's layup with 8.8 seconds left to give the Mystics' a 75-74 win over the Liberty. The win helped propel the Mystics to their first Eastern Conference Regular Season title. That home victory was part of a trend as the Mystics were 3-0 against the Liberty at Verizon Center.
August 23rd vs. Los Angeles: Both the Mystics and Sparks dealt with a similar fate last season when arguably the best player on each team went down with a season ending injury. While the Mystics overcame the loss of Alana Beard, the Sparks fizzled to a 13-21 record. With the 2008 WNBA MVP back in action, Candace Parker, the Sparks are hoping to get back to being one of the league's elite. Note: The last time Beard and Parker faced each other in Washington, Beard finished with a game-high 26 points, while Parker struggled, scoring just two points on one of five shooting from the field to go along with six turnovers.
August 28th vs. Phoenix: When the Phoenix Mercury come to town it almost always brings about a shoot-out , don't expect that to change this year. Last season, the Mystics highest two scoring games came against the Mercury, as Washington won 95-85 at home and 107-104 in Phoenix. In the two games, Crystal Langhorne averaged 26 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, out-playing the league's leading scorer, Diana Taurasi, who averaged just 14.5 points in the two losses.
BONUS #1: June 11th vs. Chicago: After nine months of waiting, the Mystics will make their home debut on June 11th vs. the Sky. There is always an indescribable nervous energy that permeates the building on opening night, the type of feeling you only get once a year and something you don't want to miss out on!
BONUS #2: August 18th vs. Minnesota: I know that I only said five games, but they say you only have one chance to make a first impression and on August 18th, the #1 pick in the WNBA draft will make her only visit of the season to Verizon Center. The crowd that night at Verizon Center needs to give the rookie a crash course into what WNBA basketball is like in D.C.