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Around the Web: Mystics Win in OT, High Praise for Smith

Yes, I usually cover the New York Liberty. But as of July 31st, I will no longer be a New York resident, and so I will be focusing on the Washington Mystics (my home team growing up), which Swish Appeal does not currently cover.

On Saturday night, the Mystics hosted the Chicago Sky at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and provided an exciting overtime thriller for their fans. Veteran guard Katie Smith helped close the deficit at the end of regulation with a pair of clutch free throws, and then all but guaranteed the win with a three-point basket in overtime.

After the jump are some articles covering the game, as well as a look at the evolution of small forward Monique Currie and her importance to the team.

Mystics Insider - Mystics 65, Sky 61 OT

When the Mystics announced they signed veteran guard Katie Smith in March, general manager Angela Taylor constantly spoke of how they believed the 36-year-old's cool-under-pressure demeanor would help Washington win close games. 

Mystics prevail over Sky in overtime
Katie Smith scored a season-high 17 points to rally the Washington Mystics to a 65-61 overtime win over the Chicago Sky.

Smith's OT heroics help lead Mystics past Sky
Katie Smith scored a season high 17 points and helped lead the Washington Mystics over the Chicago Sky 65-61 in overtime on Saturday night. Washington found itself down several times in the game. 

Monique Currie is low-key about her lofty output for Mystics
To Monique Currie, her emergence as arguably the Washington Mystics' best player this season was necessary.