Friday, August 12, 2011

Mystics (finally) Win a Clothes Close One

Tonight at the Verizon Center, the Mystics made it two in a row over the New York Liberty.

Unlike last Sunday's game, however, this one was no rout. Instead, it was a closely contested rematch. The Liberty made a couple of runs, but in each case, the Mystics countered and closed up the gaps. In the end, with the Mystics leading by one, it was New York (this time) who failed to finish, missing a layup as time expired. Mystics win, 64-63.

The usual suspects led the Washington win: Lang tied New York's Leilani Mitchell for game high scoring honors with 18 points. Matee added 13, and Nicky Anosike cleaned the glass with (game high) 11 boards. These players and the rest of the Mystics have very little time to savor tonight's victory as they head to Connecticut for a 7 PM match-up tomorrow against the Sun at Mohegan.


At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy they won--but what was the play at the end when Mattee lost the ball? Everyone was standing around and Mattee had it. I wonder what the play was because clearly I couldn't recognize an actual play. After a timeout again. I thought, RATS, they called a timeout--we've lost for sure. Thankfully the Liberty couldn't execute either and we won.

At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was glad with the come back and win last night. I believe however that NY beat themselves but I'll take win #5. I did not like hearing in the postgame interview: "Young team" and "Lack of being in pressure situations" comments that continue to come from Coach Lacey as an explanation for losses, close games, mistakes, etc. WNBA teams consist of a very select and very talented group of girls. All have been in pressure situations their entire college careers. Rookies don't view themselves as "young and inexperienced". They want to be taught and learn. Our Coach has NEVER once given us a COACHING STRATEGY to explain anything that happens in games. We hear: "We hung tough". "We are growing". These comments and what happens in games has made watching games difficult for many this year.

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Trudy is a great coach. More like a cheer leader like Jennifer Gillom. Maybe she knows more about defense, not sure. But clearly she isn't a Julie Plank, Mike T (CT), Dan Reeves, Brenda Frese. I think the Sparks have the same problem. Stuck with bad coaches since Mike Cooper left. Who knows, maybe Alana has a shot at being the coach. Afterall, Sheila said it's a "crapshoot" and they are close.

Will be cheering on the players again tonight. I love that they never give in. I really respect that. They could have thrown in the towel so many times this season and they haven't. It's because they are winners. For the most part, they all come from winning programs--where they saw many pressure situations (sorry Trudy--all of these players know pressure situations).

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with the above comment. Don't think Trudie is the coach for this team. Will not return as a Mystics fan until she is gone. Also don't see Trudie as a teacher and player developer as I feel Julie is. Give those players mega credit for not giving up. They are bound to win some games no matter who is coaching. Not trying to coach bash but think that is a big part of their troubles.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mystics players/women (not girls-don't feed the "young" hype)keep fighting. What did you all make of Crystal's quote in yesterday's Post, that maybe it is good we are a young team because we keep fighting and some veteran players might give up??(Or words to that effect!)

Goodness knows Crystal and Matee were fighting multiple muggings every time they attacked the rim in this game, and just about every game.


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