Game Preview: Mystics vs. Detroit 6/10

Washington Mystics (2-0) vs. Detroit Shock (1-1)
Game # 3
June 10, 2009
7:30 P.M.
Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan

Last Time Out:

Mystics vs. Dream – June 7, 2009 (W 77-71)

  • The Mystics improved to 2-0 for the first time in franchise history
  • Alana Beard led the Mystics in scoring with 27 points
  • Lindsey Harding played a team-high 36 minutes
  • The Mystics used a 30-8 second quarter to pull away from the Dream

    Today’s Opponent:

    DETROIT SHOCK

    Series Notes:

    Last season the Shock swept the season series with the Mystics 4-0. In defeat, Monique Currie paced the Mystics, averaging 13 points per game. Deanna Nolan led the Shock in scoring at 15.5 points per contest. The Shock leads the all-time series 25-15.

    Series History:

    WASHINGTON MYSTICS DETROIT SHOCK
    MOST POINTS 96 @ WAS 8/4/00 99 @ WAS 7/18/08
    FEWEST POINTS 52 @ WAS 7/11/01 53 @ WAS 7/11/98
    LARGEST VICTORY 25 @ WAS 6/19/00 37 (x2) @ WAS 7/18/08*
    LAST WIN AT HOME 65-64 6/29/07 78-66 9/11/08
    LAST WIN ON ROAD 69-55 6/24/05 84-69 9/6/08

    Historic Start

    Led by rookie head coach Julie Plank, the Mystics are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in franchise history.

    Grand Larceny

    The Mystics are tied for first in the WNBA in steals per game averaging 11 per contest. Against Atlanta, the team recorded 17 steals, 14 by the starters. Thru two games this season, Alana Beard ranks second in the WNBA in steals averaging 3.5 thefts per game.

    On Point

    First-year Mystic Lindsey Harding has provided the team with a steady option at point guard. Thru two games, Harding has dished out 14 assists and turned the ball over just four times. Harding is also averaging 36.2 minutes per contest. To date, Harding has played more minutes (72) than any WNBA player.