Game Preview: Mystics vs. Liberty 7/18

Washington Mystics (6-6) vs. New York Liberty (4-7)
Game # 13
July 18, 2009
7:00 P.M.
Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

Today’s Opponent: NEW YORK LIBERTY

Series Notes:

This will be the first of four meetings between the two teams. New York and Washington split the preseason 1-1. Last season the Mystics fell 0-3 against the Liberty. Liberty forwards Shameka Christon and Catherine Kraayeveld led their team with 12.0 and 10.7 points respectively in the series. Mystics guard Alana Beard averaged 17.0 points per game in the series. The New York Liberty have the all-time advantage of 28-15 in the series.

Series History:

NEW YORK LIBERTY WASHINGTON MYSTICS
MOST POINTS 95 @ WAS 5/23/06 91 @ NY 8/13/06
FEWEST POINTS 45 @ NY 8/23/98 54 @NY 8/8/02
LARGEST VICTORY 95-60 @ WAS 5/23/06 88-45 @ NY 8/13/98
LAST WIN AT HOME 80-68 8/3/07 77-56 7/17/08
LAST WIN ON ROAD 71-54 7/8/04 80-73 7/23/08

Open Mic

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

On Wednesday’s game against the Silver Stars:

"I was really proud of the way we came back. I thought we had some people that would step up and help our energy but, you know, with Matee Ajavon coming in, she hadn’t been playing her normal 20 minutes in the last few games but she’s a fighter and helped us with our defensive pressure and I think she likes to get out and run. She hit some big shots. Bernice Mosby really helped us out in coming in and guarding Sophia Young, they were college teammates. I thought we had some runs; we shot the ball pretty well. I was a little disappointed with our turnovers. I felt we could have moved the ball a little bit more, especially in the first half."

Alana Beard Named All-Star Starter Mystics guard Alana Beard was named a starter for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her fourth all-star appearance. Beard leads the Mystics in scoring and ranks fourth in the league with 18.9 points per game. Beard also ranks second in the league in steals (3.00) and averages 33.1 minutes per game. Beard received 64,237 votes in the East.

Friendly Foes Mystics guard Matee Ajavon will reunite with center Kia Vaughn and forward/guard Essence Carson of the New York Liberty. The three of them played at Rutgers University. New York Liberty assistant coach Anne Donovan coached Alana Beard during the 2006 World Championship tournament in Brazil.