Washington Mystics

A candid Trudi Lacey discusses tonight’s preseason game

May 10, 2012 2:13pm
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Washington Mystic’s head coach Trudi Lacey discusses tonight’s preseason game against the Chicago Sky. “We got a couple things, under our belt, that we’re going to try. We really want to perfect our team defense, so that will be a point of emphasis.”

The Washington Mystics have undergone quite a change in personnel this off-season. They will be one of the more interesting teams to follow early in the year.

The Mystics playing without Langhorne, lose at home to Seattle

July 4, 2011 7:54am
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The Washington Mystics were without Crystal Langhorne for Saturday’s loss to the Storm. Carla Peay of the Washington Times writes how rookie Victoria Dunlap shined in her absence, but it was still not enough as the Mystics fell 73-63. Coach Lacey was happy about the defense, but noted they did not do enough offensively.

News and notes to get you ready for the Sun and Mystics tonight

June 16, 2011 9:58am
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The Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics meet up for the 2nd time this season, as the Sun travel to the Verizon Center. In their first meeting at the Mohegan Sun, the Sun shot 8 of 16 from the 3-point line, with an effective FG% of 64%. Only the Sparks, in their home win over Phoenix have posted a higher offensive efficiency in a single game this season.

Washington has been hit or miss as they came off a huge win at Atlanta, but followed it up with a loss in their home opener to Chicago. They allowed the Sky to score at better than 1.2 points/possession  helped in part by getting to the free throw line on 30% of their possessions.

Washington looks to rebound from their home opening loss by establishing some defensive identity coach Lacey has talked about. The Mystics will of course lean on their inside game as both Langhorne and Anosike have been difficult for opposing defenses to contain. Some additional intrigue comes into play as the newly signed Kerri Gardin faces her former team tonight.

Connecticut will look to overcome their road woes, a stigma that has plagued the team going 9-26 over the past 2 seasons.

“We need to have a better defensive presence,” forward Asjha Jones said. “We shown some flashes. But our goal is to let our defense win games for us.”

The Connecticut Sun website also conducted a quick chat with Asjha Jones, as they checked in on her development this season.

The game tips off at 4pm EST and can be seen on WNBA.com Live Access.

Washington Mystics Assistant Coach Marianne Stanley talks about this year’s team.

June 13, 2011 7:03am
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The Washington Mystics finished up this week of basketball with an overtime win in Atlanta, over the defending Eastern conference champions, before falling at home on Saturday, to the Chicago Sky. Earlier in the week assistant coach Marianne Stanley talked with Hoops Insider about her return for her second consecutive season on the Washington Mystics bench and her expectations for this year’s team.

Stanley has extensive experience coaching in the WNBA. She was the Washington assistant in 2001 and was the head coach in 2002 and 2003. In addition to her stop in Washington, she has also been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty.  In 2002, she was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year and inducted in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.


HI: What is like to be returning to the Mystics after so many years?

MS: “This is my second year with the Mystics and I am really excited to return. My experience here in Washington has always been very positive, as this is my second stint with them.  I am really excited about the organization and how committed they are to the team. We’re just trying to put the best product on the floor and I am happy to be a part of that. I am excited and really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

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Mystics working it out during the Preseason

May 28, 2011 2:44pm
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Preseason gives teams a chance to try new things against real competition. With a new coach in Trudi Lacey, a lot of new players and Alana Beard returning from injury, the Mystics are hoping all the kinks can be worked out in time for the start of the season next weekend.

From the Washington Post, Steve Yanda writes, “Lacey, who is beginning her first season at the Mystics’ helm, has made defensive effort a high priority, and Washington may well have to rely on that while its offense works out a few kinks.”

With the addition of Nicky Anosike from Minnesota, and the return of Beard, Lacey’s quotes might be more coach speak than anything. You can expect her Mystics are going to give a great effort every night. Washington understands exactly the purpose of preseason; to work out all the kinks because ultimately only the regular season counts in the standings.

Hoops Insider pictures from the Sea/LA and Chi/Was Preseason games.

May 26, 2011 3:31pm
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Los Angeles and Seattle played Wednesday May 25th at the Torodome on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. The Sparks won 71-66.

Kids and fans packed the stands on both sides of the court for this preseason matchup.

Ashley Robinson with a layup as the Seattle Storm warm up after the halftime break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tweeting Live from the Washington Mystics game

May 26, 2011 8:33am
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HoopsInsider will be tweeting live at  the preseason game between the Washington Mystics and the Chicago Sky. We will have a HoopsInsider correspondent at the Verizon Center for the 11:30am EST start.

Follow along with our twitter at @wnbainsider.

The Chinese National Team continues on their WNBA tour

May 24, 2011 11:50am
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China has now completed three games during their 2-week WNBA preseason tour.

In their latest stop, the Chinese national team were defeated by the Chicago Sky 84-45. Chicago fans will be excited by 3rd overall pick Courtney Vandersloot who dished out 7 assists with only 2 turnovers in 21 minutes of action. Rookie Carolyn Swords was a pleasant surprise as she finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds as she fights to make the Sky’s roster.

The Chinese national team also fell to the Washington Mystics in scrimmage last Saturday afternoon. Jasmine Thomas, a rookie out of Duke, impressed coaches with her play. “I thought Jasmine’s intensity on defense was good,” Mystics Coach Trudi Lacey said. “As she gets more game experience, her decision-making will get better.”

On their first stop, the Chinese national team were defeated by the Connecticut Sun. They return to action this Friday, May 27th to take on the New York Liberty. It is worth noting many key players were missing for China including Miao Lijie, Lan Bian, Chen Nan and Sui Fei Fei.

The Mystics Uniforms and Colors Aren’t the Only Thing That Will Look Different this Year

May 17, 2011 5:00pm
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The Washington Mystics could be quite the unknown coming off a 22 win season last year. It looks like forward Monique Curry will miss most of, if not the entire season due to an ACL tear.

From the Washington Post: “Four of Washington’s top eight scorers from last season either are no longer on the roster or will not be available because of injury. Guards Lindsey Harding and Katie Smith were traded away last month. Forward Nakia Sanford left via free agency.”

Injury Report