Game Preview: Mystics vs. Silver Stars 7/15

Washington Mystics (6-5) vs. San Antonio Silver Stars (5-6)
Game # 12
July 15, 2009
Verizon Center, Washington D.C.


Series Notes:

In their previous meeting in San Antonio earlier this season, Mystics guard Alana Beard hit a 16-footer with 1.9 seconds left in order to get the win over the Silver Stars as well as break a two-game losing streak. Both Beard and guard Lindsey Harding contributed 19 points a piece in the Mystics win. The Silver Stars were led by forward Sophia Young who scored 21 points. San Antonio leads the series all-time record 13-9.

Series History:

MOST POINTS 97 @ UTAH 6/4/02 89 @ UTAH 6/4/02
FEWEST POINTS 61 @ WAS 7/28/05 58 @WAS 7/28/05
LARGEST VICTORY 76-60 @ WAS 6/17/04 81-65 @ WAS 7/8/99
LAST WIN AT HOME 63-52 6/8/08 91-79 8/8/06
LAST WIN ON ROAD 83-75 7/6/08 84-82 6/30/09


On winning a close game:

"The one thing I'm really proud of with this win is that the majority of the games that were really close, we have not come out on top. To be able to win a close game against a team like that is really good. We were attacking the basket in transition and scoring in the lane, getting fouled, and I think that's what helped us."

On Point

First-year Mystic Lindsey Harding has provided the team with a steady option at point guard. Harding is averaging a team-high 35.7 minutes per contest, the highest average in the WNBA. In their June 27th loss to the Chicago Sky, Harding played all but ten seconds of the game. Harding is also second in the WNBA in assists per game (5.4). Harding dished out a season high of nine assists in the Mystics first home loss against the Mercury on June 25th.

Sixth Woman

Reserve forward Crystal Langhorne leads the team in rebounding at 8.2 per contest, the third highest average in the WNBA. Langhorne leads the WNBA in offensive rebounds pulling down 3.4 per game. She is also averaging 27.2 minutes per game and 11.5 points per game from off the bench, ranking third on her team in scoring.

Player of the Week

Mystics guard Alana Beard earned her second Player of the Week for the 2009 season. She averaged 20.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game.