- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Washington Mystics’ Crystal Langhorne won the WNBA’s most improved player award, a league source said Wednesday. The league is expected to announce the award Thursday.

Langhorne saw a monumental boost in her numbers in 2009. In 34 games, she averaged 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds with a .574 shooting percentage. (She averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 2008.) She started this season as a reserve but was quickly promoted, starting Washington’s final 22 games.

“She still does the same things she did well the last four, five years, but to me the thing that separates her is that she has taken her game to another level,” general manager Angela Taylor said. “When you look at some of the other candidates, I think their points may have gone up, their rebounds may have gone up, their minutes may have gone up — but they are still doing the same thing they have done most of their careers. Lang has evolved her game tremendously.”

The Mystics took Langhorne sixth in the 2008 draft, but the former Maryland standout suffered through Washington’s instability in her rookie season. Langhorne worked on her game during the offseason and returned with a midrange jumper as well as the ability to drive from the high post.

An expanded offensive repertoire along with a vote of confidence from Washington’s new-look front office helped her break out in 2009.

“Through training camp, through our two exhibition games and through our 34 regular-season games, Lang has been our most consistent player,” Taylor said. “After her rookie season, for her to come in and really step up and be one of those players that we know we can count on has been tremendous.”

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