Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Do I Hear $5,000?"

YES!!! Today was the Mystics' annual Breast Health Awareness Game, followed by the now-annual auction to benefit Sibley Memorial Hospital's Sullivan Center For Breast Health. The auction was a resounding success, raising nearly $39,000! Among the items auctioned off was a package that included, among many other things, Alana Beard's All-Star jersey, photos, and the late addition of a golf outing at Sheila Johnson's resort in Florida. The package went for a whopping $5,000! Great event! Great cause!

Many other items were auctioned off as well, including a meal with Lang and Marissa, which went for $2,000 (toddler not included).

Every player's pink game jersey was auctioned off. Kia worked the crowd hard and raised $700.

Greg Bibb was the auctioneer, displaying, once again, a great talent for the job. But this year, he had a good bit of help from Matee Ajavon, who used her wonderful sense of humor and enthusiasm to help run up the bids on many of the items.

Lindsey's game-worn pink jersey -- with lunch thrown in -- brought in $3,500, demonstrating the immense popularity of this Mystics newcomer.

But it was Marissa Coleman's jersey (without lunch!) that earned the highest apparel bid this evening -- a staggering $3,600!

Oh yeah, there was a game today. Prior to the auction, the Mystics (pretty in pink) took on the Lynx in a game that was critical to the playoff chances of each team. The Mystics were down a few points at the half, 38-34, but roared back with a huge third quarter (33-16!) to build a lead that was threatened but never relinquished. The Mystics won, 81-75. Meanwhile, New York beat Chicago (sorry, Kristi) at the Garden and, late tonight, the Sun lost to the Sparks in LA. So now, Washington is not only back in a playoff spot, but in 3rd place! That's the good news.

The bad news is that, very late in the game, Alana sprained her left ankle, and was unable to return. She appeared briefly at the auction . . . on crutches. For Alana's sake, most of all, we hope this is nothing serious. And, of course, as excited as we are now that the Mystics are back in playoff position, it goes without saying that if Alana has to miss any of the remaining five games, the Mystics will have a tougher time hanging onto that playoff spot.

Photo Credit: DCBasketCases

23 Comments:

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

You'll be happy to know that Kristi made quite an impression- her first shot of the game was a fadeaway, buzzer-beating three at the end of the first quarter.

 
At 7:50 AM, Anonymous 104 said...

The W site got it wrong again:
"Beard received a piggyback ride to the training room from team physician Dr. Howard Osterman."
Kristin Mann proved her versatility and played pack mule.
I've got to hand it to Kristin - she sure didn't look like she was toting 160 pounds on her back - props to her on her strength and willingness to help out her teammate.

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous 104 said...

And BC - spotted you using the Double V for Victory at the start of the fourth quarter - I'll let my sister in Texas know!

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Gold51 said...

That game was awesome...we hope Alana gets better. Tell her to keep it elevated!

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spotted in the crowd at last night's Mystic's game - two Shocks - Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson. Hmmm.....They were very nice to the Mystics fans around them as we loudly cheered on our team.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

Katie Smith has been to just about every Mystics game this year. She is usually very open to talking to people who engage her. She has a special friend on the team but, she doesn't openly cheer for that person. I asked her jokingly if she was scouting for Detroit and she said not at all, she was just watching her friend play. Maybe we could send a couple of our benchies to Detroit and bring her here. Just a thought.

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Katie Smith is here so much that we might as well bring her in here!

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenette was probably watching "her boo". Nice that players support each other.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Katie's playing lights out right now, but how much is left in her tank? I would have gladly taken her this season, but I'm not so sure about next season. I don't know about trading a younger player for her. Maybe Nikki Blue needs to be freed from the Mystics to see if she can resurrect her basketball career somewhere else. That's an interesting discussion. Smith for Blue next season. Is Katie willing to come here now?

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see Marissa had a great game! I think she is back for sure. I hope Alana is not hurt too bad. That would be very bad news for the Mystics.

 
At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heresy alert:

I don't hope for Alana to be hurt, but I think this team can win without her. The rest of the team has really stepped up this year, and we've seen them be able to perform when Alana has had off days.
We'll see on Thursday

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I truly believe that the team can win a few games without Alana. Marissa/Mo/Matee will just have to step up.

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can win for sure...some others are just going to have to step it up.

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the BCs or others who attended the auction -- when did it start, and when did it end? We would have attended, but our experience has been that post-game events often take a very long time to get started. Thanks.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous KCH said...

Yes, it started almost an hour after the game, and didn't end until about 8:30. It was very, very long. Sheila Johnson kept motioning to Greg Bibb to speed it up!

It was fun, but it was really too long for a Sunday night.

 
At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks any thoughts as to why Coach Plank selected Chasity (53%) to shoot Alana's free throws? Her two missed FT's could have back fired big time.

Lang it stepping up big time - if she is not awarded MIP it will be a shame.

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the opposing coach gets to choose the shooter when a player cannot shoot her own free throws.

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

A thought only now occurs to me. Given Maryland's "Eat Babies" thing last year, are we sure the toddler wasn't included in the meal package?

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the free throw rule (Rule 9):

If the offended player is injured or ejected from the game and cannot attempt the awarded free throw(s), the opposing coach shall select, from the opponents bench, the replacement player.
That player will attempt the free throw(s) and the injured player will not be permitted to re-enter the game. The substitute must remain in the game until the ball is legally touched by a player on
the court.

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Lang should get MIP. If she doesn't, the league doesn't know what they are doing. :)

Anybody read anything on Alana's injury? Will she play tomorrow night?

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous's @ 10:10 PM & 8:42 AM thanks for the clarification. I knew our coach would not make that questionable move!

Seattle is on a roll - time for the our team to really step up and claim a playoff spot. Unable to attend the game but will be checking the scores online while at a meeting.

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since somebody mentioned it: Smith is a free agent after this year. All DC needs is a roster spot and a little cap room.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look what I discovered on http://twitter.com/Washmystics.

Gillom chooses Chasity to shoot AB's freethrows. Chasity goes0-2, but Mystics get ball back.
3:05 PM Aug 30th from web

I guess I need to check out this site during game time.

 

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