Game Preview: Mystics vs. San Antonio 6/30

Washington Mystics (4-3) vs. San Antonio Silver Stars (3-3)
Game # 8
June 30, 2009
8:00 P.M.
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Last Time Out:

Mystics vs. Sky - June 27, 2009 (L 68-63)

  • The Mystics fell to the Sky to even the series 1-1. Next matchup is home for the Mystics on July 23rd
  • Mystics guard Lindsay Harding led the Mystics with 15 points, six assists, and three steals
  • The Mystics have lost their second game in a row after opening up the season 3-0
  • Sky forward Candice Dupree led all scorers with 23 points

    Series Notes:

    This will be the first of two matchups between the Silver Stars and the Mystics. Last season, the Silver Stars won both meetings against the Mystics. Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon led her team with 24 points per game in that series. San Antonio leads the all-time record 13-8.

    Series History:

    SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS WASHINGTON MYSTICS
    LAST WIN AT HOME 63-52 6/8/08 91-79 8/8/06
    LAST WIN ON ROAD 83-75 7/6/08 77-73 8/7/07

    Open Mic

    MYSTICS COACH JULIE PLANK:

    On Washington's defense:
    "I thought our defense did well enough to win. We gave up 68 points, and they didn't shoot particularly well. Offensively we have to finish shots, and make free throws, which we struggled at. We turned the ball over uncharacteristically."

    Moving on up

    The Mystics are currently fourth in the WNBA in points per game, averaging 78.0 per contest. Washington finished the 2008 season ranked last in points per game, averaging 69.6 per game.

    On Point

    First-year Mystic Lindsey Harding has provided the team with a steady option at point guard. Harding is averaging a team-high 35.4 minutes per contest, the second highest average in the WNBA. In their most recent loss to the Chicago Sky, Harding played all but ten seconds of the game. Harding is also second in the WNBA in assists per game (6.3). Harding dished out a season high of nine assists in the Mystics first home loss against the Mercury.