Saturday, September 12, 2009

WE'RE IN!!!!!!!!!!

We're going to the playoffs!! Comcast Center here we come!!! [Thursday at 7 PM]

To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Mystics needed to do one thing and one thing only today, and they did it! This evening at the Verizon Center, they beat the Atlanta Dream in a wire-to-wire victory, 82-64. Though many prizes were given away tonight on Fan Appreciation Day, none made the Washington fans happier or more excited than this season-changing win. Including a few proud fans who refused to be "Out-Cheered" . . .

Lindsey Harding, whose floor leadership may be the team's most significant improvement this year, was not going to let this one slip away . . . even if she had to do it all by herself. Lindsey hit multiple big buckets with the shot clock running down to slam the door on Atlanta everytime they tried to sneak back in. Linds finished with a game-high 25. Fortunately, Lindsey didn't have to do it all herself . . . three other Mystics also finished in double figures: Chas (12)(plus great de-fense on 6'5" Erika de Souza), Lang (11), and Marissa (10). Every Mystics player got into the game, and nearly everyone scored.

The most nerve-wracking moments tonight came after the game, as the BasketCases and other Mystics fans were forced to wait. Wait for the conclusion of the Sky-Shock game, which started one hour after the Mystics game. Wait to see if the Sky would win. Wait to see if the Mystics would have to beat the Liberty in New York tomorrow to earn a playoff berth. We were left waiting and hoping the Sky would lose so that the final playoff spot would belong to Washington tonight. (Sorry, Kristi.)

The BasketCases apologize for the lateness of this post. We couldn't just leave without knowing whether the Mystics were in or still needed another win. So we stopped off at the Turtle, joining friends and other fans, who -- like us -- were waiting and hoping. We all followed the Sky game anxiously on Blackberries, iPhones, and all other available electronics, passing scores from table to table.

The early returns weren't encouraging, as the Sky led at the half, 41-22. But in the third quarter, Detroit came roaring back, taking a small lead into the final period. When the Shock won, 80-69, cheers erupted from the several tables of Mystics fans and Mystics staff in the house. We're in! We're going to the playoffs!!!

Not only are the Mystics now playoff-bound, but the odd-year curse is now officially exorcised! Another reason for fans to be happy tonight! For the first time in Mystics history, Washington has made the playoffs in an odd-numbered year. (Thanks Fr. Mike for the novena!)

And in their first year, GM Angela Taylor and Head Coach Julie Plank have done what even the BasketCases didn't believe was possible . . . they took a team that was playing perhaps the worst basketball in the entire league at the end of last season and -- as making the playoffs proves -- re-made the Mystics into a team that can compete with anybody . . . a team headed in the right direction.

Congratulations, Angela! Congratulations, Julie! And Congratulations to the entire Mystics Team and Mystics organization! We'll see you at Comcast.**

[**The Mystics will be providing free shuttle bus service from the College Park station to the arena for those fans traveling by Metro. There's also plenty of free parking adjacent to the Comcast Center for those who will be driving.]

And just for the hell of it, Go Mystics, Beat New York (even if you don't have to)!

Photo Credit: (U.S. Marines) DC BasketCases
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Sunday evening update . . . With Alana Beard not playing (no doubt resting her bad ankles), and the rest of the starters playing limited minutes, the Mystics fell to the Liberty at Madison Square Garden this afternoon, 65-86. This concludes the regular season.

Next up for the Mystics: a date with the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs at Comcast Center on Thursday at 7PM.

Go Mystics! Beat the Fever!


At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MYSTICS IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!! Time to Celebrate

Harding played a complete game. They need to make their FT's from here on out.

Now back to earth - what are their chances of defeating Indiana in the first round?

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Mystics!!!! Great game tonight, let's do that against Indiana!!

At 1:01 AM, Blogger tervin said...

We were so bummed to miss this game, but had a long planned trip out of town. SO psyched that I can't even think about the traffic nightmare that comes with driving from Frederick to College Park during rush hour - hee!

At 2:39 AM, Blogger fr mike said...


At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do they play the 1st game at Comcast vs IND?

Yeah Mystics! Way to go!

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous stevo said...

Congrats Mystics.... At the beginning of the season I posted that the Mystics would be a pleasant surprise this year.........SURPRISE!!!!!!!!GO MYSTICS... Know this...YOU CAN BEAT INDIANA!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10:05 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

The game at Comcast will be played either on Wednesday night or Thursday night.

We've been told that the number one seed (Indy in the East) usually gets the most rest, which would mean a Thursday game. But don't make any plans yet.

We're expecting the schedule to be announced sometime today. We'll post it as soon as we know it.

-- BC

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lindsey Harding, whose floor leadership may be the team's most significant improvement this year, was not going to let this one slip away..."

IMHO it's not a "may be" (or "maybe") kinda thing. There's no question (again, IMHO) Lindsey's presence on the team is ny far the biggest difference-maker this year. She even helped the team bear beat the Curse of the Odd Year!


At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW, I think if the Mystics win today, and LA loses, we would have home court advantage over them (and definitely over San Antonio) for the finals.

Not looking ahead, just sayin'.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Game. Excited for the playoffs. Thank you Mystics for giving us a better season than most of us thought.

Anyone know why they were filming and who they were filming. The "stars" included the 2 playing the Way is She? segment.

Anyone else get suspicious of why when a number was pulled for the giveaways, she kept putting the one she pulled back in and tried again, and again, and again????

At 1:45 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

The WNBA just posted the 1st round schedule for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Mystics host Indy at Comcast at 7 PM on Thursday. The game will also be shown on ESPN2.

The second game of the series is Saturday at Conseco at 7 PM and will be broadcast on NBATV.

The third game (if necessary) is scheduled for Monday, the 21st, at 8 PM and will also be played in Indianapolis. This game will be shown on ESPN2.


At 2:03 PM, Anonymous KCH said...

Hmmm . . . . I'm supposed to be in Kansas City again this weekend, to deal with some residual family health issues. Indy is only about a 7 hour drive from there . . . .

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the film crew was from the Youth Film Academy.

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid question...where do I go to get tickets for Thurs game at Comcast. I checked the Mystics site and clicked on tickets but there was nothing for the playoffs. I checked the Maryland website and there was no mention. I guess I could be old-fashioned and call somebody...but not sure who...ticketmaster??

Might be too early since they just released the schedule. Any help would be appreciated.


At 2:39 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

The Mystics are working out the ticketing details now. (As STHs, we don't even know yet how we'll be getting our own tickets.)

Just keep checking the Mystics web site for information. (We'll put something in the comments here when we learn more.)

-- BC

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Film crew was the Real World DC. You can't go anywhere these days in the city without running into them.

On a better topic, yeah Mystics! I am so thankful to our new GM and new coach and new guard I am beside myself.

Now let's make sure our Mystic-Duke-ies feel comfortable at Comcast. :)

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're figuring Thursday's dinner will be at the College Park IKEA.

So where is the place to be on Saturday night to watch the away game? We don't have NBA tv.

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner on Thursday....quick & relatively cheap. They likely also have NBA TV.

At 12:12 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Tickets for Thursday's playoff game go on sale Monday at 10am. The details are on the Mystics' web site.

-- BC

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tickets on Ticketmaster say "Saturday"...what's up with that?

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Tanya said... error on, it says "Saturday, Sept 19th). Just contacted the Mystics office and notified them.

If you already renewed for 2010, according the the Mystics office, your playoff tickets are already in the mail....

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Tanya said...

Ticketmaster has been corrected!!!
Go Mystics!!!!

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got an email from UMD President Mote that President Obama is holding a health care rally on Sept 17 at 7pm in the Comcast.

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Gus said...

The Mystics are playing there on that night. Obama has agreed to clear out so we can have the night and then he will come back on Friday.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad Julie didn't play Lindsay her regular minutes in the NY game. We will need her at her best on Thursday if we are going to pull off the big task of beating a team we haven't beaten all season. I think the Mystics are talented enough to beat them if everyone steps up and if they can limit the turnovers and hit the free throws. It's good to see Mo was shooting well against NY. HOpefully we get the same from her on Thursday.

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Bibbs says:
Yes. He is speaking at 11:30am. We are playing at 7pm….it will be a busy day.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger hodie said...

I would absolutely love to watch Saturday's game with a bunch of Mystics fans. Anyone know of a sports bar that would show the game?

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found out that we faxed our renewal at the end of Aug and the Mystics rep never got it. I hope others didn't have a problem.

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$10 for parking? What's with that?


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