Prior to the season, first-year Mystics coach Richie Adubato promised that his team would play a fun, up-and-down style of basketball while shooting plenty of three-pointers. The good news is that the three-pointers have been dropping. The Mystics entered last night's game against Indiana ranked second in the WNBA in three-point shooting percentage (42.8) behind Connecticut (47.5).
Forward Charlotte Smith-Taylor (57.1), guard Coco Miller (53.8) and guard Laurie Koehn (48.4) ranked among the league's top eight three-point shooters. During a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on May 26, the Mystics set a WNBA record by making 15 three-pointers.
The Mystics are encouraging fans to log on to www.wnba.com to vote for starters in the July 9 WNBA All-Star Game. Mystics guard Alana Beard ranks second among Eastern Conference guards in fan voting while center Chasity Melvin ranks fourth among Eastern Conference centers. Fan voting will determine the game's starters, while the league's head coaches will vote on reserves. Voting continues through Thursday.
Last night's game featured two of the leading candidates for rookie of the year. Indiana guard Tan White, the second overall pick out of Mississippi State, entered the game leading all rookies in scoring at 11.7 points per game. Washington point guard Temeka Johnson, the sixth pick out of LSU, ranks second among rookies at 10 points per game and leads the WNBA in assists (6.3) . . . .
Washington Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan participated in a fathers-daughters basketball clinic prior to the game.