The surging Washington Mystics enter the all-star break not only with three consecutive victories but also with multiple representatives in the WNBA All-Star Game.
Center Stefanie Dolson and forward Emma Meesseman were announced late Tuesday night as Eastern Conference reserves for Saturday’s game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. It’s the first all-star nod for both players who comprise one of the league’s more formidable starting front courts.
Dolson leads the Mystics (9-6) in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (7.3) and is second in field goal percentage (.543). The No. 6 overall selection in last year’s WNBA draft has started 14 games this year, taking over for ailing Kia Vaughn, and scored in double figures in eight straight games and 11 of 12. The All-Star Game will be a homecoming for Dolson, who played college basketball at Connecticut.
“I’m extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity to play in the All-Star Game,” Dolson said in a statement. “I can’t believe the coaches voted me as one of the best bigs in the East, and I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten from my teammates and the fans in D.C.”
Meesseman, meanwhile, leads Washington in field goal percentage (.545) and is second in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (6.9). The 19th pick in the 2013 WNBA draft scored at least 20 points in four of the first nine games this season but has reached double figures in just one of the last five as opponents pay more attention to limiting the Belgium native.
Washington heads into the all-star break on a season-best upswing following a 76-69 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday to end a three-game road losing streak. Dolson contributed a game-high 18 points, and reserve point guard Ivory Latta added 14. Latta was the Mystics’ lone representative in last year’s All-Star Game.
The Mystics don’t play again until July 29, when they face the Seattle Storm at Verizon Center at 11:30 a.m