The Mystics played what the BasketCases thought was a considerably better game tonight. They played with heart, they maintained their focus for almost four quarters, four players ended up in double figures, and the game was not decided until the final possession. It was an exciting night of basketball at the Phone Booth. Unfortunately, the visiting Monarchs matched the Mystics' intensity and left with the win is this tightly-contested game, 79-76.
The evening got started with an outstanding rendition of the National Anthem performed by the Rock Creek Singers of Washington's Gay Men's Chorus.
Once the game got underway, Harp and Lang showed they are teammates no longer, each playing hard for her own team. Crystal had the better individual night, as she recorded her first WNBA double-double (13 pts and 10 rbs, as well as 2 steals). Early foul trouble for Nakia meant that Lang played 25 minutes . . . nothing like some real playing time to show what this young rookie can do! As for Harp, she played 19 minutes, scoring 6 pts and pulling down 4 boards. But her team did get the win.
The BasketCases spotted several special "faces in the crowd" at tonight's game. Jade Perry drove in from Kentucky . . . or tried to. We understand that enroute she had a close encounter of the "deer kind" that damaged her car dearly. Future WNBA-first-rounder Kristi Toliver has become a regular at Mystics games this season. And tonight, Jess Atkinson (Mr. "Under-the-Shell") was on hand to record the face-off between the Terps' former frontcourt.
Of course, the entire Maryland coaching staff (including newest addition, Assistant Coach Tina Langley on the left) had front row seats.
WNBA President Donna Orender made all the appropriate oohs and ahhs over the latest pictures of the twins.
Another future WNBA first-rounder, the very recognizable Marissa Coleman, showed no favoritism toward either of her former teammates. She wore a one-of-a-kind Lang-Harp tee shirt. The front was all Lang.
And the back was all Harp.
The Maryland Rebounders were treated to a post-game Q & A with Coach B, Mystics GM Linda Hargrove, and Lang (looking very pleased to be wearing red again).
Harp arrived at the post-game event in time to say a few words and sign autographs with Lang. For Maryland fans, it was a very special night. Unfortunately, this was the only time that Harp and the Monarchs play in Washington this season. Next up for Lang and Harp: more road games. Harp plays in Minnesota tomorrow night (Thursday), and Lang plays at Chicago on Friday. Welcome to the life of a WNBA player!