A LOOK BACK AT THE 2009 SEASON

The Washington Mystics played a well-fought overtime game this past in attempt to force a game three in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the top-seeded Indiana Fever. However, they ran out of gas in the extra period and saw their hard-earned playoff appearance come to an end.

The Mystics are in no way disappointed in their performance. “I’m extremely proud of our team. We ended the season as we started, very competitive with super attitudes, super effort, and super competitive. It was a great game with great attitudes. We would have liked to have won, but I’ll never be disappointed with our effort,” said Mystics Head Coach Julie Plank. In her first season as a head coach, Plank saw fifth-year guard Alana Beard named as an All-Star starter for the first time and named to the WNBA All-defensive team, rookie Marissa Coleman was named to the All-Rookie team and second-year forward Crystal Langhorne win the league’s Most Improved Player award.

The Mystics began the season 3-0 for and held first place in the Eastern Conference for two consecutive weeks. They finished the regular season ranked ninth in the league in scoring with 76.03 points per game. Last season the team finished last in that category, averaging only 69.6 points per game.

The Mystics also finished this season ranked third in steals with 9.24 per game, a sufficient increase from last season’s 12th place ranking and an average of 7.1 steals per game.

“I thought overall this was a very successful season in that we were able to change the culture around here and we were able to put a nice core young nucleus of players together,” said GM Angela Taylor

Mystics forward Monique Currie believes that the team will learn from this year’s playoff experience despite their early exit. “We were happy to be here and we would have liked to have taken it to another level. [But] we have this playoff experience to help with next season,” said Currie.