Posts Tagged ‘ Trudi Lacey ’

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.

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.

To the point, Part 1 (Washington Mystics)

May 18, 2011 2:08pm
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After an eventful off-season that resulted in All-Star point guard Lindsey Harding being traded to conference-rival Atlanta (Harding traded to the Dream), the new-look Mystics, headed by new head coach/GM Trudi Lacey, will have to use their training camp sessions to find a new starting point guard. According to an interview with Dishin’ & Swishin’ (aired May 18), Lacey is counting on Kelly Miller to take over (Dishin\’ & Swishin\’ interview with Washington Mystics head coach Trudi Lacey), with Lacey pointing to Miller’s experiences as a championship-winning point guard for Phoenix in 2007 as a reason to believe Kelly will win the job. Several players were listed as possible back-ups, including perennial All-Star wing Alana Beard (who returns this season after missing all of 2010 to recover from arthroscopic tendon repair surgery on her ankle).

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.”

WNBA Notes from their Opening Training Sessions

May 17, 2011 10:36am
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Los Angeles Sparks: Notes from Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times. “Last year you pretty much knew who your starters would be,” she (coach Jennifer Gillom) said. “This year, it’s not that way.” After a long pause, she added, “Those are great problems to have.”

Phoenix Mercury: Notes from Odeen Domingo of Azcentral.com. Taurasi is not the only Mercury player with fresh legs. The rest of the team’s key players took some time off after finishing their seasons in Europe. And every player on the Mercury’s roster was present at their first practice of the season for the first time since 2009, when the Mercury last won a WNBA championship.

Seattle Storm: Notes from Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times. The Storm was the last team to close the opening day of WNBA training camp Sunday. “It’s basically because we only have less than three weeks before we play our first game, we don’t have a lot of time,” said Agler of the WNBA pushing training camp back to accommodate players’ year-round schedules but starting the season June 3. “And we need to get our numbers down so we can prepare.”

Washington Mystics: Notes from Andrew Rosen at WNBA.com. “I don’t want anybody thinking they can come into camp with the mindset that ‘I can coast and I’m going to start and play’. You are going to have to earn it. That just sets the tone for the season. Everything that we accomplish we are going to have to earn it. So we have to go into camp with that mentality,’ said Lacey.”

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