Game Preview: Mystics vs. Connecticut 6/6

Washington Mystics (0-0) vs. Connecticut Sun (0-0)
Game # 1
June 6, 2009
4:00 P.M.
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Position: # Player Ht. Wt. Comments
FORWARD 25 Monique Currie 6-0 177 2009 Preseason...vs. New York (5/28/09)…Played 23 minutes…scored 13 points…shot 6-6 from the free throw line…had two steals…vs. New York (5/21/09)…Played 26 minutes…scored 12 points and secured six rebounds…made 10-12 free throws…had six personal fouls
FORWARD 43 Nakia Sanford 6-4 200 2009 Preseason…vs. New York (5/28/09)…Played 17 minutes…scored nine points on 4-6 FG…collected four rebounds and two steals…vs. New York (5/21/09)…Played 19 minutes…Scored a team-high 17 points…Shot 11-19 from the free throw line…Collected eight rebounds
CENTER 44 Chasity Melvin 6-3 185 2009 Preseason… vs. New York (5/28/09)…Played 12 minutes…scored two points…collected two rebounds…vs. New York (5/21/09)…Played 10 minutes...had two rebounds and one blocked shot
GUARD 20 Alana Beard 5-11 160 2008 Highlights: Started 33 games…led the team in points (532) for the fourth consecutive year and assists (117)…recorded a team-high 55 steals
Guard 10 Lindsey Harding 5-8 139 2009 Preseason… vs. New York (5/28/09)…Played 18 minutes…scored eight points…vs. New York (5/21/09)…Played a team-high 29 minutes…scored 11 points and collected three rebounds

Battle Ready Backcourt

In their final preseason tune-up against the New York Liberty, the Mystics’ starting backcourt of Matee Ajavon and Lindsey Harding outscored their Liberty counterparts 25-11. The duo also wreaked havoc on the defensive end, collecting five steals. The return of three-time All-Star Alana Beard back into the starting lineup should make the unit even stronger.

Mystics Milestones

Alana Beard is on pace to score her 3000th career point this season. She is also five assists away from 500 assists and eight steals away from 300 steals. Chasity Melvin is aiming to score her 3500th career point, grab her 2000th career rebound, collect her 300th steal and dish out her 500th assist.

Honoring the Youth

Last week the Washington Mystics held a celebration honoring the second season of the Mystics Youth Summer League (MYSL), an initiative launched last summer in cooperation with DC Parks and Recreation and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA). MYSL was created to provide D.C. area girls with structured environment to play basketball.