How does it make you feel going into the playoffs knowing that a large part of the Mystics success is attributed to you this season?
- Angie, Washington, DC

Nakia Sanford: It feels good to have been able to help the team get this far, but everything that happened in the past is negated right now. Now it’s time to focus on the new stuff that I can do in order to keep contributing to the team.

Nakia Sanford, Washington Mystics
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What has motivated you to become involved with the foundation that helps teen girls?
- Gail, Silver Spring, MD

Nakia Sanford: There are a lot of things that I wish I knew when I was younger. I want to try to give back to kids while I still have the issues fresh in my mind. Also, I had a lot of people help me when I was younger, and I saw other people that didn’t, so I wanted kids to know that there are people out there that want to listen and that care.

Besides cutting down on turnovers, crashing the boards, and containing Douglas and Sales, what else do you think is the key to beating Connecticut?
- Shirley, Ft. Washington, MD

Nakia Sanford: I think that the key to beating Connecticut is bringing the defensive intensity that we’ve brought in several games throughout the season. We need to maintain that level throughout the whole 40 minutes.

What will it take for you, Chasity, and DeLisha to establish that inside presence and be consistent against a team like Connecticut?
- Reco, Raleigh, NC

Nakia Sanford: I think that using the inside-outside game is going to be really beneficial for us. I think that no one can stop us when we are really moving the ball well inside and out, or just around the perimeter.