Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A BIG Hand for the Mystics!

The night after the Mystics' devastating loss at the Garden, the team regrouped at home and notched their first win of the season, beating the Phoenix Mercury 86-69. If ever a team -- and its fans -- needed a win, it was the Mystics, and finally they did not disappoint.

Mo Currie, acquired from the Sky in the trade for Chasity Melvin, wowed her home-town fans, leading the Mystics in scoring with 25 points. Mo showed an aggressiveness -- driving the lane time and again -- that got her to the foul line for a total of 14 tries . . . of which she made a phenomenal 13! Her former Duke teammate, Alana Beard, added 19 points, and our other home-girl, Nikki T, finished in double figures with 12 . . . all of her points coming from behind the 3 point arc (4 of 5!).

Before this evening, the Mercury was considered to be the team with the high-octane offense, but to the joy (not to mention, relief) of fans (including one very happy owner), the Mystics pulled a role reversal and shot a respectable 46% from the field and a remarkable 62% from long-distance.

That O'fer is history, and we're hoping the team can focus on another kind of record . . . this time piling up as many wins as they can to redeem the season.

Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just knowing that Diana Taurasi had to leave last night knowing that she was beat by a team that had an 0-8 record made the first 8 games of the season almost worth it! :)

And just a nod to the whole team; everyone stepped it up last night -- obviously Currie (shout out to Brightwood!), but also Blue's defense, Beard's steals, Teasley showing why she is a starter, Sanford's monster rebounding... and how about Lovelace from the 3-pt line? Or Miller's soft touch lob shots? James from the 3, Mosby under the basket...

Hats off to Coach Robinson. :) KT

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Hallelujah, indeed, on that first win! I was beginning to think we were going to run the table! As much as I love TJ, Monique's performance makes me wonder if we should be starting her instead. Hmmmm. A small-forward controversy in DC. By the way, LOVED the small print for the university that shall remain nameless. That was funny! Meantime, any ideas what Laurie Koehn has done to be buried on the end of the bench? I miss my girl! :-(

Okay, the celebration is over. We need to get another W Friday.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Section 121 STH said...

Way to go MO! Loved the driving to the basket and picking up fouls (and making 13 points on free throws). My only gripe with her was in the first quarter when she turned over the ball trying to make a behind the back pass. Previous games she has turned the ball over when trying to get fancy. Coaching question: why didn't she start the second half?

I was worried about Alana with only 2 points at halftime. Then she turned it on! 19 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and a blocked shot.

Stewart, I wonder about Laurie too, but we weren't lacking in 3 point accuracy. Way to go team!

I was rubbing my eyes looking at the scoreboard, stunned when the Mystics led by 17 points and watched it go even higher. It was a nice change to watch people leaving early because the game was clearly won.

I loved seeing that Delisha to Coco to Monique fastbreak again on Channel 9.

P.S. Houston lost again, so now they've TIED our second place 0-8 worst start record.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous mikej said...

WOW! Congratulations on the first of many wins. That was the real Mystics playing last night. GO AB! GO MYSTICS!

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous KCH said...

That fastbreak play was on all 3 news channels last night. They each have varying degrees of coverage, but I was impressed that we made it on all 3. Yes, I sit with the remote and go back and forth between the channels after every game to see how many of them discuss the Mystics. No, I don't care about any other news. That's what the internet is for!

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

121 sth:

That's my section, too. What row are you in? I'm right behind the bench, wearing an old-school Bullets jersey. Come hollah at me!


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