Preseason: Mystics 77, Dream 58
Take what you will from the Mystics' preseason domination of the Atlanta Dream for a 77-58 victory (box score) on Sunday. With all but one of their regulars back in the lineup -- only guard Matee Ajavon is still overseas -- Washington is working on finding its chemistry while Atlanta played without several of its usual faces (Erika de Souza, Chamique Holdsclaw and Coco Miller).
With only a few days remaining before the regular season opens on May 15 against Indiana though, the win is a definite positive for the Mystics. Monique Currie (16 points) and Marissa Coleman (13 pts) combined to lead the offensive effort.
"I think overall we played pretty well," Currie said after the contest. "We held Atlanta point-wise to our goal, under 60 points, so I think we played really good defense. There are a lot of things we can still work on but I think that will come with time and getting the final team and the chemistry we need."
With each opportunity, Coleman reaffirms the belief that she's poised for a breakout year in her second WNBA season. And the timing could not be better for the Mystics. There is one sticking point for Washington through these first two preseason games though -- an abundance of turnovers, a trait Coach Julie Plank will strive to eliminate before it becomes an ill-advised habit.
"It wasn't a pretty game but we were able to come out with a win," Plank said afterward. "You can always be happy with a win but there are definitely some things we need to improve on. We had a lot of turnovers and we fouled a lot, but overall we played a pretty good game. We will take a look at the film and go over what things we can improve on as a team and as an individual."
This game was veteran center Nakia Sanford's turn for a rest, while Crystal Langhorne had an opportunity to play with Ewelina Kobryn, Jennifer Lacy and Chasity Melvin. We'll have a better idea of which combinations Coach Julie Plank favors as practice continues this week, especially in Tuesday's scrimmage against the Polish national team.
The scrimmage at St. John's College High School is open to the public from 6-8 p.m. at the Northwest D.C. school and I'll have more updates from there as well as the Mystics practice earlier in the day at Verizon Center.
May 10, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
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