Thursday, May 25, 2006
The Washington Mystics seek the first 2-0 start in the franchise's nine-year history when they travel to Charlotte to face the Sting (0-2) tonight at 7.
The Mystics opened the season with a dominating performance in a 95-60 victory over the visiting New York Liberty on Tuesday and look to defeat the Sting for the fifth consecutive time, dating from the 2004 season.
Against New York (0-2), guard Alana Beard posted a game-high 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting. Forward DeLisha Milton-Jones added 12 points and Coco Miller came off the bench to score 10 points. Point guards Nikki Teasley and Nikki Blue combined for 13 assists against three turnovers and the Mystics forced New York to commit 28 turnovers and shoot just 31.4 percent.
"For as well as we played, I don't know what to expect from us against Charlotte, but we're prepared," Coach Richie Adubato said. "It's not like I'm a director for a Broadway play who shows up and knows that, other than maybe an actor forgetting a line, everything will run smoothly. I don't think you can score 95 points every night, but I thought we played great team defense."
Charlotte is coming off consecutive home losses to Chicago and Los Angeles by a combined eight points. The Sting is led by forward Tangela Smith (13.5 ppg, 6 rpg) and rookie forward Monique Currie -- a former two-time All-Met Player of the Year at Bullis -- who averages 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
"If we can play with a good mind-set, execute offensively and play good defense like we did against New York," said Milton-Jones, "then we should be able to go down there and walk out with a win."
-- Jon Gallo