Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jam Packed

During the first 23 days of June, the Mystics played a grand total of 4 games. Even with a back-to-back thrown in, that was a pretty leisurely schedule. But now the Mystics hit a jam packed part of their calendar. Over the course of the next 6 days, Washington will play as many games as they've played in the last three weeks, starting with tonight's match at home against the Sparks. Then the Mystics hit the road to take on the Sky tomorrow in the Windy City (the third game in as many weeks against Chicago), and then head back to the Phone Booth to play Phoenix on Sunday and Indy on Tuesday. Whew!

Both the Mystics and the Sparks will be playing with depleted rosters tonight, as L.A.'s Candace Parker is out for the remainder of the season because of her bad shoulder and will in fact be having surgery soon. (We wish her a speedy recovery!) The Mystics, of course, are missing Alana Beard and Jacinta Monroe, and will need all the help they can get from everyone else, including veterans Nakia Sanford and Chasity Melvin, who are the subjects of a very flattering profile in the Post today, here.

Speaking of veterans, the Sparks are jam packed, as their roster includes Tina Thompson (the only player left in the WNBA who played during the league's first season back in 1997), as well as former Mystic DeLisha Milton-Jones, Ticha Penicheiro and Betty Lennox, each of whom has played in the league for more than a decade. (As Terps fans, we'd be remiss if we didn't also mention league "sophomore" Kristi Toliver, making her first appearance in Washington with her new team after being traded by the Sky.) The short-handed Mystics will definitely have their work cut out for them tonight!

See you at 7 at the Phone Booth!

Go Mystics! Beat L.A.!


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

I hope kristi has a good night. Of course, a good night doesn't mean I want the sparks to win. Go mystics.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can they really play these games with only nine active players? What are their options to get more players?

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Sue said...

I believe they can add a player when they get down to 8 active players. Or if they waive a player. If Rissa doesn't up her game soon, they might as well consider her inactive.

Come on Rissa! Out of the funk and in the game. This team NEEDS you.

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marissa needs minutes...period. Look at tonight. She comes in with 1:45 left in the quarter. What can she do in that time?

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is reall tough to judge coach plank on playing time considering this team has been playing awesome lately. If you compare talent across the board there is no question I would have laughed if you would have told me they would be 8 and 4 after AB went down. Coach of the Year for Plank.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lang, Lang, Lang! She better not get overlooked on the all star team.

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't be surpriswed if we have no one on the all star team. We didn't fill out thousands of ballots.

It's a shame that the organization and the fans can't support the players.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

The Mystics organization has been promoting All Star balloting from the get go. They even held a couple of ballot stuffing parties. The notion that they are not supporting the players is totally unfounded.

-- BC

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus, they had basically no shot because the league lets the Hammon fans get away with making a mockery of the whole voting process. As much as I think it sucks that deserving people like Langhorne, Currie, and Harding won't get to play - i'd be happy for them to get a rest and for the league to have to try and sell what's essentially a bad San Antonio team against the US team.


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