Game Preview: Mystics vs. Lynx 8/30

Washington Mystics (13-15) vs. Minnesota Lynx (12-16)
Game # 29
Sunday, August 30, 2009
4:00 PM
Verizon Center
Washington D.C.

MINNESOTA LYNX

u>Series Notes:

This will be the last of two meetings between the two teams. In their first meeting on July 7th, Mystics guard Lindsey Harding scored a season-high 27 points against her former team. Alana Beard added 14 points in the Mystics tough overtime loss against the Lynx. The Lynx were led by center Nicky Anosike who scored 24 points. The Lynx hold the all-time series record 10-8.

Series History:

WASHINGTON MYSTICS MINNESOTA LYNX
LAST WIN AT HOME 91-83 7/10/07 96-94 OT 7/7/09
LAST WIN ON ROAD 91-87 7/20/07 96-70 9/14/08

Open Mic:

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

On what the team needs to do going forward:
“We just have to get more consistent. Some days we play really well and some days not and I think (consistency) is the sign of a playoff team and a championship team. Seattle has been to the championship and they’ve been to the playoffs and we’re just trying to get back there. It’s the consistency and the mental toughness, knowing that every game is going to be a battle. These guys (Seattle) have played together and their confident and they’re playing really well right now.”

Team Notes:

Breast Health Awareness

The Washington Mystics have partnered with Sibley Memorial Hospital to raise awareness and money for underserved and uninsured women in the metropolitan area with breast cancer. Following today’s game, fans will have a chance to bid on numerous sports experiences and memorabilia from teams and athletes from the metropolitan area as well as the WNBA. Mystics players will wear pink jerseys that will also be part of the post game auction. Last season, the Mystics raised over $37,000 for the Sullivan Center for Breast Health at Sibley Memorial.

Friendly Foes

Mystics head coach Julie Plank will meet up with her former team for the second time since departing the Lynx coaching staff. As an assistant coach, Plank helped lead the Lynx to two wins over the Mystics last year. She also helped mold Olympian Seimone Augustus and 2008 Sixth Player/Woman of the Year, Candice Wiggins. Mystics General Manager Angela Taylor served as Vice President of Business Operations at the Lynx before joining the Mystics. Guard Lindsey Harding will once again matchup against the team where she began her WNBA career. It will be Minnesota’s Tasha Humphrey first trip to Washington since joining the Lynx.