Ever since the WNBA draft in April, we Maryland fans have had June 11th (today!) circled on our calendars (in red, of course! ). That's because former Terp teammates Laura Harper and Crystal Langhorne will face each other tonight as opponents as the Monarchs take on the Mystics at the Phone Booth at 7 PM.
Harp is not the only Monarch returning to familiar territory. Kara Lawson grew up in the DC area and was a star at West Springfield High School in northern Virginia. Rebekkah Brunson, also a DC-area native, played her college ball at Georgetown. And Sacramento Head Coach Jenny Boucek, who played at UVA, was once an Assistant Coach for the Mystics. The visitors bench will look very familiar to many of us tonight!
In some good news for the Mystics . . . Nikki Blue, who has been out for a couple of weeks with a high ankle sprain that was expected to sideline her for a month, was able to practice at full strength yesterday and will likely be back in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, following the disappointing roadtrip, Head Coach Tree Rollins is telling his players to focus on the game quarter by quarter. Let's hope that advice pays off tonight!
Go Red . . . The Mystics have designated tonight as "Go Red for Women Night," to raise awareness of heart disease in women. According to the team's web site, "The Mystics along with the American Heart Association are encouraging all fans in attendance to wear red in support of such an important cause." Of course, if your only red shirt just happens to be a Maryland tee, we guess you'll just have to wear it!
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