Game Preview: Mystics vs. Fever 7/28

Washington Mystics (9-7) vs. Indiana Fever (12-4)
Game # 17
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
7:00 P.M.
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Today’s Opponent: INDIANA FEVER

Series Notes:

This will be the second of four matchups between the two teams. In their first meeting on July 21st, the Mystics were led by guard Lindsey Harding who led the team with 17 points and six assists. Forward Crystal Langhorne added 15 points and three steals in the Mystics loss. The Fever were led by forward Tamika Catchings who recorded a season-high 28 points in the win over the Mystics. Indiana leads the all time record 25-11.

Series History:

WASHINGTON MYSTICS INDIANA FEVER
MOST POINTS 91 @ WAS 7/29/03 92 @WAS 7/29/03
FEWEST POINTS 42 @ IND 9/4/04 48 @ WAS 7/8/08
LARGEST VICTORY 89-68 @ WAS 6/7/02 69-42 @ IND 9/4/04
LAST WIN AT HOME 50-48 7/8/08 64-53 5/17/08
LAST WIN ON ROAD 68-67 5/23/04 82-70 7/21/09

Open Mic

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

On tonight’s game:

“This was a great win for our team. I’m very, very excited. I think that Sacramento is really good team. They are a great defensive team. I was very proud of our team because I think that we handled the pressure and took care of the ball really well. We only had 13 turnovers and we had four players in double figures. We had people step up at big times tonight. I was glad that Marissa Coleman was able to get her three point shot back and I think that Monique Currie hit a huge shot which was really important. I think that Chasity Melvin had a great fourth quarter and she hit some great baskets for us. We want to take this momentum with us on the road. I am very proud of our team.”

On Point

First-year Mystic Lindsey Harding has provided the team with a steady option at point guard. Harding is averaging a team-high 35.6 minutes per contest, the highest average in the WNBA. In their June 27th loss to the Chicago Sky, Harding played all but ten seconds of the game. Harding is also third in the WNBA in assists per game (5.2). Harding dished out a season high of nine assists in the Mystics first home loss against the Mercury on June 25th.

Most Improved

Forward Crystal Langhorne leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 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 27.9 minutes per game and 12.1 points per game, ranking third on her team in scoring.