Coleman, Mystics Make Impressive Debuts

Mystics rookie Marissa Coleman, right, made four three-pointers against the Sun en route to a team-high 16 points. (Jessica Hill -- Associated Press)
Mystics rookie Marissa Coleman, right, made four three-pointers against the Sun en route to a team-high 16 points. (Jessica Hill -- Associated Press) (By Jessica Hill -- Associated Press)

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

UNCASVILLE, Conn., June 6 -- Rookie Marissa Coleman scored 16 points and the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun, 82-70, on Saturday in the season opener.

Monique Currie scored 14 points, Lindsey Harding added 12, and Nakia Sanford had 11 for the Mystics, who also outrebounded Connecticut, 44-26.

Coleman shot 6 for 9 and made all four of her three-pointers.

"She's awesome," Washington Coach Julie Plank said of Coleman, who played at Maryland. "She does it all. We count on her three-ball and she's not afraid to take shots."

Asjha Jones led Connecticut with 22 points. Lindsay Whalen had 21 and former Mystic Kiesha Brown had 10.

Washington built a 17-point lead before seeing it cut to six by the start of the fourth quarter. The Mystics scored the first six points of the final period to put the game away.

It was the first win in Plank's head coaching career.

"I'm excited for our franchise," Plank said. "I love this team. I think we can get better and better. It's a great start for us."

The Sun shot 36 percent.

"I think they wanted it more than we did," Sun guard Erin Phillips said.


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