Game Preview: Mystics vs. Storm 9/3

Washington Mystics (14-15) vs. Seattle Storm (19-11)
Game # 30
Thursday, September 3, 2009
7:00 P.M.
Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.

SEATTLE STORM

Series Notes:

This will be the last of two meetings between the two teams. In their previous matchup on August 25th, the Washington Mystics lost to the Seattle Storm at Key Arena 68-78. The Mystics were led by forwards Monique Currie and Marissa Coleman who scored 13 points each. The Storm were led by center Janell Burse who led all scorers with 14 points. Guard Sue Bird and forward Lauren Jackson added 13 points apiece for the Storm. The Storm leads the series 9-7.

Series History:

WASHINGTON MYSTICS SEATTLE STORM
MOST POINTS 97 @ WAS 7/24/07 96 @ WAS 7/24/07
FEWEST POINTS 60 @ SEA 7/3/00 52 @ WAS 6/10/05
LARGEST VICTORY 89-57 @ WAS 6/20/08 91-68 @ SEA 8/11/07
LAST WIN AT HOME 89-57 6/20/08 78-68 8/25/09
LAST WIN ON ROAD 78-71 7/13/05 73-71 7/24/07

Open Mic:

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK
On the previous game:

“I was really proud of our team especially in the second half. We made some adjustments at half time especially with our defense. I wanted to get more aggressive with their guards in particular. I thought that we were very disruptive to Kelly Miller, Renee Montgomery and Candice Wiggins. In pick-and-roll, we were vertical showing and I think we did things our way more in the second half. I am pleased with the offense and in the beginning of the third quarter I thought that we were pushing the ball and sharing the ball and that is what we stressed for tonight’s game. This is the first time that we had six players in double figures and I thought that different people contributed throughout the game. Chasity scored early, Crystal Langhorne got a double-double and Matee (Ajavon) hit big free throws for us down the stretch. I felt that it was a total team effort. I’m very proud of our team and now we need to focus on our last five.”

Team Notes

Fans’ Choice Voting

The Mystics will play their final regular season home game on Saturday, September 12th against the Atlanta Dream. This night will also be Fan Appreciation Night where the Mystics are letting the fans’ voice be heard. Starting September 1st there will be a daily poll, giving fans the chance to make the final home game of the season their own. Voting will close at 5pm each day, and the results will be posted. Log on to WashingtonMystics.com to cast your votes.

Friendly Foes

Mystics guard Alana Beard teamed up with Storm guard Sue Bird in the 2006 World Championship while Storm assistant coach Nancy Darsch was a former head coach for the Mystics in 1999 and part of the 2000 season.