Mystics aiming to impress a 15th anniversary crowd


Mystics forward Monique Currie is fouled by Minnesota Lynx center Jessica Adair whileshooting in the first half of Friday’s loss. On Sunday, Washington will try win its first game since before the Olympic break. (Stacy Bengs/Associated Press)
August 18, 2012

The Washington Mystics were hopeful the WNBA’s month-long Olympic break would allow for a fresh start, but that hasn’t been the case thus far. The Mystics picked up right where they left off, dropping two games in two nights since returning to action.

The most recent defeat came at the hands of defending WNBA champion Minnesota on Friday night, as Washington turned the ball over 19 times and lost by 29 points. The Mystics play their third game in four days Sunday at Verizon Center against the Chicago Sky, which currently holds the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference .

“We worked on taking care of the ball, and [Friday] it didn’t show at all what we’ve been working on as a team,” said forward Crystal Langhorne.

The Mystics will honor Langhorne on Sunday when the franchise unveils its all-time team as part of commemorating its 15th anniversary. Langhorne is joined on the team by former Washington players Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray, Vicky Bullett and Muriel Page.

But in order to celebrate the team’s past with a win, the Mystics will have to find a better way to defend forward Sylvia Fowles. Chicago has already beaten Washington twice this season, and Fowles averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds in those two contests.

Mark Giannotto covers Virginia and Virginia Tech for The Washington Post.
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