After boarding a flight out of Washington this morning, the Mystics will face the Minnesota Lynx for the second time this season tonight in Minneapolis.
The game will be one of four back-to-back situations this season for the Mystics. Washington beat the Lynx, 74-71, on June 3 at MCI Center. Chasity Melvin led the Mystics with 17 points and 10 rebounds while rookie point guard Temeka Johnson had 12 points and 10 assists.
Eight of the 10 games between the Wizards and Lynx have been decided by five points or less. Minnesota is coming off wins over Charlotte and Houston and is led by forward Katie Smith, who ranks fourth in the WNBA with 19 points per game.
Following tonight's game at Minnesota, the Mystics will not play again until next Saturday, when they host Indiana. Coach Richie Adubato will give the players tomorrow off and then put the team through "training camp" style practices next week.
Melvin and DeLisha Milton-Jones were late arrivals to training camp after playing overseas, and Alana Beard missed all of camp with ankle and hamstring injuries, meaning next week will be the first time that Adubato will have his entire roster on the floor at the same time for extended practices.
"It will allow us to do a lot of things we haven't had a chance to do," Adubato said. "We have to take advantage of the break."
Last night was Breast Cancer Awareness Night at MCI Center. The Mystics honored several breast cancer survivors in an on-court ceremony before the game.