Game Preview: Mystics vs. Sparks 8/18

Washington Mystics (12-12) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (9-13)
Game # 25
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
10:30 P.M.
Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

LOS ANGELES SPARKS

Series Notes:

Last season the Mystics and the Sparks split the series 1-1, winning on each otherís home court. Mystics forward Monique Currie averaged 19.5 points against the Sparks last year. Sparks center Lisa Leslie and forward Candace Parker averaged 16.5 and 16.0 points respectively against the Mystics. In their first meeting of this season, Parker made her return to the starting lineup and the Mystics welcomed back rookie forward Marissa Coleman who missed the six previous games due to a left ankle sprain. Mystics guard Alana Beard led all scorers with 26 points and center Chasity Melvin added 14 points in the Mystics win. The Los Angeles Sparks hold the all-time record 15-7.

Series History:

WASHINGTON MYSTICS LOS ANGELES SPARKS
MOST POINTS 91 @ WAS 7/9/03 97 @ WAS 7/9/03
FEWEST POINTS 50 @ WAS 7/14/01 53 @ 8/14/99
LARGEST VICTORY 84-74 @ WAS 8/1/06 96-76 @ LA 7/21/04
LAST WIN AT HOME 75-63 7/11/09 80-75 7/1/06
LAST WIN ON ROAD 77-74 6/26/08 70-59 5/31/08

Open Mic:

MYSTICS HEAD COACH JULIE PLANK

On previous game:
"It was kind of disappointing after coming off such a great win the other night. We had our chances to win, but sometimes that doesn't happen. Our team will continue to fight and every game matters. It's not about winning and losing, it's about getting better every game. We're going out on the road and we play tough on the road and I think our team sticks together and we continue to improve and I see us doing very well out West beginning with Los Angeles."

Team Notes:

What a difference A Year Makes

In 2008, the Mystics had a record of 9-15 following 24 contests. This season, the team has improved its record and stands at 12-12 after the same mark and is competing for a playoff berth. ,p>The Career Highs

Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne had a career high performance against the Connecticut Sun on Friday when she scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Mystics win. Langhorne shot the game-winning jumper with 9.1 seconds left in the Mystics first double overtime game of the season.