Game Preview: Mystics vs. Sparks

MYSTICS PROBABLE STARTERS
#4 Marissa Coleman
Forward, 6-1, 160 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
9.8
6.0
1.7
#1 Crystal Langhorne
Forward, 6-2, 190 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
17.1
7.2
1.3
#21 Nicky Anosike
Center, 6-3, 210 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
10.8
9.0
1.5
#22 Matee Ajavon
Guard, 5-8, 160 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
14.4
2.0
3.5
#2 Kelly Miller
Guard, 5-10, 140 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.8
2.7
3.6

GAME NOTES

  • Sunday's game is the first of two regular season meeting between the Mystics and the Sparks.
  • Last season, the Mystics split the season series with the Sparks 1-1.
  • Last time out for the Mystics: The Washington Mystics dropped their fifth straight game as the Phoenix Mercury went on to gain their sixth straight win and become the first team in the West to reach 10 wins
  • The Mystics were led by forward Crystal Langhorne who scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Mystics outrebounded the Mercury 32-31.
  • Mystics guard Matee Ajavon scored 14 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Ajavon also collected a career high five steals in the Mystics loss. 
  • Mystics rookie guard Jasmine Thomas shot 5-for-6 from the field, adding 11 points. Thomas also collected two steals, one rebound, and dished out one assist in 15 minutes of play.
  • Mystics forward/center Nicky Anosike played collegiately with the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker. Both played for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Mystics forwards Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman will matchup against former Maryland Terrapin teammate Kristi Toliver of the Sparks.
  • Guard Kelly Miller and forward Crystal Langhorne are ranked first and second in the league in minutes per game. Miller is first with 35.1 minutes per game while Langhorne comes in second with 34.7 minutes per game.
  • The Washington Mystics are currently in first place in the league in steals per game, averaging 9.17 so far this season. Guard Matee Ajavon is third in the league, collecting 2.25 steals per game. Ajavon collected a career high five steals in their loss to the Phoenix Mercury on July 15.
  • The Mystics have not won on the road against the Sparks since June 26, 2008.
  • The Sparks hold the all-time record 17-8.
SPARKS PROBABLE STARTERS
#45 Noelle Quinn
Guard, 6-0, 175 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
5.7
2.7
2.5
#32 Tina Thimpson
Forward, 6-2, 178 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
10.1
4.2
1.0
#8 DeLisha Milton
Forward, 6-1, 185 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
13.0
4.9
2.0
#21 Ticha Penicheiro
Guard, 5-11, 146 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
4.9
4.0
6.9
#24 Marie Ferdinand-Harris
Guard, 5-9, 162 lbs
2011 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.9
2.7
1.2