For the first few minutes of the 2012 season, the Washington Mystics looked a lot like the brand new team that general manager and coach Trudi Lacey assembled in the offseason — tougher and more experienced — scoring the first six points against the Chicago Sky at Verizon Center.
The Washington Mystics' four returning players are ready to stop talking, and thinking, about last season.
Crystal Langhorne spent the WNBA offseason playing in Moscow, but she knew what was happening with the Washington Mystics every step of the way. Coach and general manager Trudi Lacey kept her in the loop.
Monique Currie spent a frustrating season on the Washington Mystics' bench last year, recovering from an ACL injury to her left knee.
Mystics coach Trudi Lacey watched the seconds tick down in San Antonio on Saturday night - on another loss, and on the season. Washington's 6-28 record was the second worst in team history, next to the 3-27 mark in the inaugural season of 1998.
Sophia Young and Becky Hammon stepped up for playoff-bound San Antonio and ended Washington's lost season with another loss.
Perhaps it was the timely return of forward Monique Currie, or coach Trudi Lacey's tweaking of the starting lineup. But whatever the cause, the results were positive as the Washington Mystics napped a nine-game losing streak with an 85-81 win over the Atlanta Dream at Verizon Center on Thursday night.
In what has been a flat-out awful season for the Washington Mystics (5-24), the unexpected return of Monique Currie to the lineup could provide the spark to help pull them out of a nine-game losing streak.
Matee Ajavon sat in front of her locker, trying to keep her head up. Ajavon had played two outstanding games in a row but the second one proved to be another agonizing fourth-quarter loss.