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Here are some quick thoughts of Saturday's game between the Washington Mystics and the Seattle Storm.
The outcome of the Storm's visit to D.C. wasn't necessarily determined by Crystal Langhorne, but on a poor shooting night for the Mystics she was obviously one of the significant storylines in Seattle's first win of the 2014 season.
The Washington Mystics fell behind big time early, but they fought back and had a one point lead at one point in the fourth quarter. The Minnesota Lynx then took care of business from there and won 89-77.
The Washington Mystics have announced their final roster after the conclusion of their training camp after waiving A'dia Mathies, Nadirah McKenith, and Kayla Thornton. McKenith was a member of the 2013 Mystics team, and Mathies played for the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2013 season. Quanitra Hollingsworth was put on the suspended list for failure to attend training camp.
The roster will have 12 players, seven of whom are rookies or sophomores. Here they are:
Kalana Greene, Bria Hartley, Tayler Hill, Ivory Lattta, Kara Lawson, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Monique Currie, Tianna Hawkins, Jelena Milovanovic
Stefanie Dolson, Emma Meesseman, Kia Vaughn
According to John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant, the starting lineup will be Lawson and Latta at the guard positions, Currie and Meesseman at the forward positions, and Vaughn at center. This doesn't come as much of a surprise given that last year's starting unit was made up of mostly veterans, while the bench unit was made up of rookies. This year, it appears that we will see more of the same and this also keeps the younger players playing alongside each other.
The Mystics have claimed G Kalana Greene off waivers— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) May 14, 2014
Greene was a regular starter for the Connecticut Sun for each of the last three seasons and was waived Monday. The Mystics now have picked her up, so this may be an indication that the team may cut a guard soon. H/T to CharGrayJ for finding this.
The Washington Mystics have decided to cut Kody Burke and Artemix Spanou from the roster.
The Washington Mystics are still undefeated for the preseason after a character win led by their reserves.
Just because she's having a baby doesn't mean that she's not watching her team.
The WNBA teams in Washington and Indianapolis face off this morning, and will both be on the second game of a back-to-back. Here's the scoop.
The Washington Mystics will play the Indiana Fever Tuesday, but they arrived a day early to see their brother team, the Washington Wizards take on the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The NBA Playoffs, along with one of the music industry's most popular artists could create conflict with the Washington Mystics on May 16, the date of their home opener.
The Indiana Fever has rescheduled a home preseason game against the Washington Mystics from Monday, May 5 to Tuesday, May 6.
Today, the Washington Mystics cut Cierra Bravard, Kirby Burkholder, Haley Peters, and Rachel Tecca from their training camp roster.
There are multiple players who have overseas commitments currently, including Kia Vaughn, Emma Meesseman, Kia Vaughn, and Jelena Milovanovic, three of whom were on the Mystics' 2013 roster, so this round of cuts isn't a particular surprise to me.
The Mystics' first preseason game will be on the road against the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, May 6 at 12 p.m. ET.
Here's the first video from Monumental Network which features their new veteran leader (click here if you can't see the embed). In the back, you can see Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman getting interviewed, and they have a home playoff game Friday against the Chicago Bulls. It's been a busy week.
Watch it here.
I wonder where they got the cake from.
Awesome news for UConn fans, the Washington Mystics, and the WNBA as a whole.
And while we're discussing the Tonight Show, you really need to see Brian Williams rapping Gin & Juice.
On Monday April 21, the Washington Wizards announced that Washington Mystics rookie center Stefanie Dolson and rookie guard Bria Hartley will sign autographs prior to the Wizards' home playoff game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, April 27 at Verizon Center. Game time is at 1 p.m. ET. You can see the original press release from Monumental Sports by clicking here.
As James announced earlier, WNBA training camps will also start on April 27, so the rest of the Mystics team should still be in D.C. Sunday.
On Monday, April 21, the Washington Mystics guards took part in the annual event.
They add Kirby Burkholder, Haley Peters, Artemis Spanou, Rachel Tecca, Kayla Thornton, and Kody Burke, one of the Mystics' third round picks to training camp roster. We've had some links in the comments, including Jim Hu who mentioned that Burkholder got an invite. But here's the official release from Monumental Sports which came out earlier today.
There were so many links but I'll just point this one out which I missed. During a broadcast of an Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers game on ESPN last Sunday, April 13, Van Gundy, an NBA ESPN analyst, pointed out that he really like that she "lays the wood on people" right after an advertisement for the WNBA Draft. Cool moment for UConn and Mystics fans.
Because we had to put up Hartley's and Dolson's picture holding up a Mystics jersey.
The Washington Mystics' moves during the 2014 WNBA Draft reflect the organization's commitment to creating a young core unit for the future.
With the 32nd pick in the draft, the Washington Mystics selected Kody Burke.
And she could be yet another late steal for this team.
Wows: I'm not sure there's much Burke can't do and she did it at every moment with such gusto that she actually managed to catch my eye while watching N.C. State for Markeisha Gatling. Her biggest WNBA asset is probably her ability to shoot the three, which she made at a 32.8% clip...better than some stretch four types drafted ahead of her.
Wonders: With Crystal Langhorne traded, how much of a chance does Burke have to make it now?
Worries: Despite all of the above, Burke was not particularly efficient as a scorer and that's always a concern, even if she did spend significant time away from the paint.
For a bit more on what Burke might offer the Mystics, check out our analysis of her role in N.C. State's success in a mid-season analysis.
I defer to those who know a bit more about international prospects.
The Washington Mystics have acquired rookie guard Bria Hartley, the 7th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins from the Seattle Storm in exchange for veteran All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne in a draft-day deal.
The Washington Mystics have selected UConn's Stefanie Dolson with the sixth pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
Wows: Stefanie Dolson is arguably the best passing center who has entered the draft in the last decade. With her ability to pass and score from the high post at 6-foot-5 – including a developing three point shot – she's a rare style of player in the women's pro basketball sphere. Defensively, she has hardware saying she's the nation's best and her improved shot blocking ability will help her establish a presence in the paint.
Wonders: How well will she score in the WNBA? She wasn't a high-usage scorer at UConn and in the past most centers see an even lower usage rate once they get to the pros. She has better range than some recent centers in the league, but it will be interesting to see how she's used offensively and whether she'll end up being more of a low-usage facilitator.
Worries: Dolson was not an exceptional offensive rebounder in college and it will be interesting to see how well she does on the boards in the pros.
For more on Dolson, check out our prospect profile with more about her potential.
Mathies played for the L.A. Sparks last year and was the 10th pick in last year's draft. Milovanovic has played for Dynamo Kursk in Europe and actually was the team's second round pick back in 2009, but has not decided to play in the WNBA until now. On top of all that, they have retained Tierra Ruffin-Pratt who played significant time off the bench last season as an undrafted rookie.
You get to decide as a community who the Washington Mystics should select at #6.
He gives the Mystics an A for the trade, and also an A for Lawson. The Sun gets a B-, and the Dream gets a D. It is a great read so check it out.
The amazing thing about Ivory Latta is that you can feel the energy just from reading the words on the screen. You can see how that energy might be infectious with a young team like North Carolina.
from Monumental Network.
Kara Lawson is now reunited with Mike Thibault in the nation's capital. What does it mean for the Mystics?
Atlanta, Washington and Connecticut shuffle players in a three-way trade sure to turn heads.
Trade alert: The Sun have obtained Alex Bentley in a trade that sent Kara Lawson to the Washington Mystics. http://t.co/SfBTHK7sej— ConnecticutSun (@ConnecticutSun) March 12, 2014
The Connecticut Sun, Atlanta Dream, and Washington Mystics have completed a three-way exchange in which Kara Lawson was sent to D.C., Alex Bentley to Connecticut, and Matee Ajavon to Atlanta. After reports out of Connecticut that Lawson would be traded, Albert posted his thoughts on Lawson coming to the Mystics back in December - click here to read his previous thoughts on that part of the (then-hypothetical) acquisition.
If you haven't had a chance to hear Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault talk about basketball outside of his own WNBA team before, this game might be worth checking out. In the D.C. area, it will be on 106.7 the Fan, and nationally, a Wizards audio feed can be heard on NBA League Pass Audio. And for SB Nation coverage on the Wizards, check out Bullets Forever.
You will have to like the Mystics' facebook page end enter your information for it.
These two games are also very good matchups indeed for the Wizards, who are fifth in the NBA's Eastern Conference and are expected to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The game against Indy could be a possible second round playoff match if the Wizards can make it that far.
For more reading on D.C.'s NBA team, check out SB Nation's Bullets Forever.
The Chicago Sky announced that the team will host a preseason game against the Washington Mystics at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM ET. Sky forward Elena Delle Donne went to the University of Delaware for her college basketball career, so this will give her a homecoming of sorts.
The Washington Mystics announced that there will be a bus trip arranged for their fans to attend the game.
Both teams will also start their regular seasons on the following Friday, May 16 and with good story lines. The Sky will host the Indiana Fever which will be a rematch of a first round playoff match last year between the teams. The Mystics will host the Minnesota Lynx, the defending WNBA Champions. Last year, the Mystics defeated the Lynx in their two regular season matches, which was the highest point in their season.
Washington Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault gives us some of his thoughts regarding Magic Johnson being part of the Los Angeles Sparks' ownership group and also about his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill and her boyfriend David Lighty will have a baby boy which is due this May. This comes after a previous announcement that Hill would miss at least part of the 2014 WNBA season due to her pregnancy.
The Mystics forward stops by and talks about her life overseas, and more.
Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne wrote a blog entry while in Turkey where she's playing overseas on ESPN chronicling a countdown before she came back home to the States last Saturday, January 4. Check it out in the link above.
Here's an article in the Loudoun Times-Mirror, a local community newspaper based in Loudoun County, Virginia, a Washington, DC outer suburb. It is on Sheila Johnson's ownership of the Salamander Resort in Middleburg. Other notable places in Loudoun County include that it's home to Dulles International Airport and the Washington Redskins' training facilities.
So, now that we've let the news of Tayler Hill's pregnancy sink in, let's talk a little more about it.
Let some hypothetical talk begin!
Fans react to Hill's pregnancy and a good number have a negative outlook on her future in DC.
Today, the Washington Mystics announced that guard Tayler Hill is pregnant with her first child. She will be expecting her child next May.
Whenever Mike Thibault - who is arguably the best and most experienced basketball mind at Monumental Sports - decides that he's done with coaching in the WNBA, it looks like he could have a bright future as an analyst... Click here if you can't see the video.
The Washington Mystics had a remarkable turnaround from 2012 to 2013 and were one of the league's pleasant surprise stories along with the Seattle Storm. Now, the Mystics are in an important offseason regarding how they can improve their long term future.
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