Game Preview: Mystics vs. Liberty 7/30

Washington Mystics (9-8) vs. New York Liberty (6-10)
Game # 18
hursday, July 30, 2009
7:30 P.M.
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
NBATV

Last Time Out:

Mystics vs. Fever – July 28, 2009 (L 81-85)

  • Mystics guard Alana Beard led her team with 19 points
  • All five Mystics starters scored double figures (Currie, 14; Melvin, 14; Harding, 13; Langhorne, 11)
  • The game featured five ties and four lead changes
  • Fever guard Katie Douglas led all scorers with 34 points; Tamika Catchings added 15 points

    Today’s Opponent: NEW YORK LIBERTY

    Series Notes:

    This will be the second of four meetings between the two teams. New York and Washington split the preseason 1-1. In their first regular season matchup, the Mystics clinched a one-point win over the Liberty. Mystics guard Lindsey Harding led all scorers with 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the win. Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne made her first start for the team and added seven points and six rebounds. The Liberty were led by forward Shameka Christon who scored 21 points. The Liberty hold the series record 28-16.

    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 68-67 7/18/09
    LAST WIN ON ROAD 71-54 7/8/04 80-73 7/23/08

    Open Mic:

    MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

    On having a 10 point lead in the first quarter:
    “I am proud of the team. We had turnovers at first. Our transition game looked good. Second quarter, we didn’t get to the basket as much as we did the first quarter. Third quarter, we fouled too much. They had 28 points at the line. Their threes and free throws made the difference.”

    MYSTICS GUARD ALANA BEARD

    On play at the end of the game:
    “We were trying to just score quick and get the best shot possible. And I ended up getting a three point opportunity by hitting a two and then going to the line.”

    MYSTICS CENTER CHASITY MELVIN

    On Tuesday’s game at Indiana:
    “We didn’t convert on critical plays. I think our lack of experience in close games is a factor. Also Katie Douglas getting to the free throw line was a big factor as well.”