If you didn't catch any Caps or Wizards games this season, then the most impressive thing about the Mystics
' preseason 72-66
win tonight over the Houston Comets
to be your first sighting of the new, improved mega
-Jumbotron. Heck, let's just call it The MEGATRON
from now on! A mere "Jumbotron" just doesn't do it justice. It's GIANT! It's Digital! It's a first-of-its-kind indoor LED Hi-Def Scoreboard! Wow, from any seat in the house, you can see individual beads of sweat or whether a player is wearing eyeliner
. Now that's impressive!
As for the game, that wasn't quite as impressive. Yes, the Mystics won. That was good. They finished
the preseason 3-0. Also good. But the game was foul and turnover-ridden
-- by both teams -- and lacked any real pace. It was somewhat typical of preseason play, but not especially entertaining.
Each team played without an All-Star. Alana Beard sat out for the Mystics, nursing a strained hamstring. Hopefully a few days rest will allow AB to suit up in time for Saturday's game. Hopefully, but not definitely. Tina Thompson did not make the trip for the Comets. Rookie Matee Ajavon kept the Comets in the game with her 26 points, including a long Hail Mary 3-pointer to end the first quarter. On the Mystics' side, Nakia Sanford led Washington with 14 points; Mo Currie added 12; and 8 of the 9 remaining players got on the scoreboard. Surprisingly, the only Mystics player who didn't score was sharp-shooter Laurie Koehn, who missed all 4 of her 3-point attempts!
For Maryland Fans . . . It was certainly a pleasure to see Crystal Langhorne make her Verizon Center debut. Lang came off the bench, scored 4 pts, pulled down 6 rbs, dished out 2 very pretty assists . . . plus she played de-fense! Who knew? (Just kidding, Coach B.) Altogether a pretty respectable effort for a rookie. Perhaps the coolest thing to report is that the Verizon Center store, Fan Gear, is stocking Langhorne #1 Mystics jerseys! The BasketCases got theirs and we weren't alone. If you don't have yours yet, we suggest you arrive early for the Mystics home opener on the 25th . . . and bring your credit card. Get one while supplies last!
So now the preseason is over, the slate is wiped clean, the Mystics are back to being 0-0 and are looking forward to notching their first win of the regular season against the Fever in Indy on Saturday.
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