Sunday, June 07, 2009

Home Opener! Not that anyone could possibly forget -- it's been circled on our calendar for quite some time -- but the Mystics' home opener is today at 4 PM.

After winning on the road yesterday in Connecticut, the Mystics will be the Phone Booth, playing their first back-to-back of the season -- today's opponent, the Atlanta Dream. The Dream also played yesterday, beating the Indiana Fever last night in a double OT thriller, 87-86.

Like the Mystics, Atlanta (which finished with the worst record in the WNBA last season) has undergone a major off-season overhaul. The Dream bring a number of familiar faces back to the Verizon Center, including former Mystics Assistant Coach Marynell Meadors, now the Dream's GM and Head Coach, and several former DC players: Chamique Holdsclaw, making her return to the WNBA after a two-year absence, Nikki Teasley, and Coco Miller. They also added 6'5" Michelle Snow through free agency and young (and talented) 6'4" Forward Sancho Lyttle from the Comets dispersal draft, as well as the overall number one pick in the college draft, Angel McCoughtry. It'll be great to see some of our Mystics alumnae, but today, of course, the team in white will be gettin' all of our love! This new-and-improved Atlanta team should provide a tough test for the home team.

Required Reading . . . A couple of "don't miss" articles in today's papers: Mike Fratto of the Washington Times has an interesting piece about all the ACC players on the re-made Mystics, how well they are getting along, and the fact that it's "no coincidence" that they are all here, since new GM Angela Taylor "prefers players from winning college programs as she attempts to establish a championship mentality on Washington's roster." And Angela herself, a native of Mountain Home, Idaho, is the subject of a very flattering profile in today's Idaho Statesman.

See everyone at 4 PM! Go Mystics!


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