Game Preview: Mystics vs. Monarchs 7/26

Washington Mystics (8-7) vs. Sacramento Monarchs (4-14)
Game # 16
Sunday, July 26, 2009
4:00 P.M.
Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

Today’s Opponent: SACRAMENTO MONARCHS

Series Notes:

Last season the Sacramento Monarchs took both wins against the Washington Mystics. Both games were decided by six points or less. Monarchs forward Nicole Powell led her team with 18.5 points per game in the series. Guards Kara Lawson and Ticha Penicheiro added 17.5 and 13.5 points per game respectively. Guard Alana Beard led the Mystics with 24.0 points per game against the Monarchs. The Monarchs hold the all-time series record 17-3.

Series History:

WASHINGTON MYSTICS SACRAMENTO MONARCHS
MOST POINTS 95 @ SAC 8/5/06 99 @ SAC 8/5/06
FEWEST POINTS 52 @ WAS 5/22/07 62 @ WAS 6/26/05
LARGEST VICTORY 67-63 @ WAS 9/7/04 78-56 @ SAC 7/8/00
LAST WIN AT HOME 67-63 9/7/04 87-81 7/1/08
LAST WIN ON ROAD 87-86 6/25/02 79-76 6/11/08

Open Mic:

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

On defense:

“I think that we rely upon our defense. That’s when we get out and run in transition and it’s definitely the key for us. Coming in this game we knew that the Sky were number two in field goal percentage and number one in free throw shooting. We kept them low scoring. I think that we did a nice job on Candice Dupree which was much better than we did in Chicago.”

Friendly Foes:

Mystics forwards Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman will meet up once again with one of their former Maryland Terrapins teammates when they take on Laura Harper of the Sacramento Monarchs for the first time this season on Sunday, July 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Connection to the Area:

Monarchs players Ticha Penicheiro and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba both attended Old Dominion. Forward Rebekkah Brunson attended Georgetown University while DeMya Walker attended the University of Virginia. Forward Nicole Powell was drafted by current Mystics assistant coach and former Charlotte Sting General Manager Trudi Lacey. Mystics guard Matee Ajavon and Powell played overseas in Turkey this past offseason for the Fenerbahce team.

Grand Larceny :

The Mystics are second in the WNBA in steals per game averaging 9.53 per contest. Through 15 games this season, Alana Beard ranks third in the WNBA in steals per game (2.73). In their previous win over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night, Beard captured four steals. In 2008, the Mystics only averaged 7.1 steals per game and finished the season ranked 12th in the league in that category.