Sky vs. Mystics Preview

The Sky’s 2011 season is underway. Don’t miss a game of this talented squad’s race for the playoffs.

Following Friday’s game versus Connecticut, the team hits the road to face the Mystics in Washington on Saturday, June 11 at 6:00p.m.

Be sure to tune in to CN 100 to watch Big Syl, Piph, Sloot and the rest of the Sky get their revenge after falling just short to the Mystics during preseason play in May.

Last time out, Sylvia Fowles led the Sky with 12 points in 23 minutes and Epiphanny Prince was close behind with 10 points in 29 minutes. Rookie standout, Courtney Vandersloot, came off the bench to score 7 points in her first effort against WNBA opponents.

The Sky and the Mystics met four times during the 2010 season, splitting the season series at two games apiece. The Mystics may have finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, but the Sky played them tough all four games, even holding them to their lowest point total (59) in the all-time series.

In the end, it’s a matchup between two similar teams. Both teams showcase top centers in the league -- Sylvia Fowles for the Sky and Nicky Anosike for the Mystics. Both teams introduced new coaches and top rookies.

True to form, both coaches brought a new style of play to their respective franchises, and ironically are quite similar.

Pokey Chatman and the Sky have been concentrating on improving their defense and staying strong in the backcourt. Chatman recognized the speed of her guards as well as her post players and developed a fast faced transition team. Mystics Head Coach, Trudi Lacey, new style emphasizes speed, defense, and post play. With two teams that like to push the ball up the court and play tough “D,” it will be an interesting matchup and an entertaining game.