Fresh off a week’s rest for the all-star game, the Washington Mystics improved their home record to 6-3 with an 87-74 win over Seattle in a Wednesday matinee at Verizon Center.
MYSTICS ACQUIRE SECOND ROUND PICK IN 2015 WNBA DRAFT
Team Trades Quanitra Hollingsworth to Seattle
Washington, D.C. – The Washington Mystics have acquired the Seattle Storm’s second round pick (15th overall) in the 2015 WNBA draft in exchange for center Quanitra Hollingsworth and Washington’s second round pick (20th overall).
“This trade gives Quanitra the opportunity to be part of a team where she will have more playing time,” stated head coach Mike Thibault. “It also gives us another draft pick that will allow us to take a player that we can possibly develop for the future.”
Hollingsworth was acquired in a trade with the New York Liberty in 2013. She missed the 2014 season due to an overseas commitment. She appeared in seven games with the Mystics, averaging 1.7 points per game and 1.4 rebounds per game.
Washington currently holds the 8th, 15th and 32nd picks in the upcoming WNBA draft.
The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2015 season on the road against conference rival Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Following their season opener, the Mystics will return to Verizon Center for their home opener to face the New York Liberty on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Season tickets for the 2015 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.
Fresh off their first win of the season Friday night, the Washington Mystics faced the Seattle Storm at Verizon Center, but came up short, losing 73-65 to fall to 1-2 on the season, and 0-2 at home.
Like the Mystics, the Seattle Storm played on the road Friday night, but were still 0-3, trying to find their first win of the season. “They came out and played with a little more desperation. I think their veteran leaders were good,’’ said Mystics coach Mike Thibault. “They shot the ball much better in the second half.”
”The first half was really ugly both ways,” said Thibault. ”The second half stayed ugly for us other than a few minutes, and I thought that the more desperate team body language-wise won the game.”
A 13-2 run during the third quarter enabled the Storm to run away with the game.
The Mystics were outrebounded 32-30, and Thibault pinpointed that as an area that the team needs to improve upon. At Indiana on Friday, the Mystics outrebounded the Fever 41-31, in a game they dominated from start to finish.
When frustration sets in, the Mystics seem to forget the basics. Thibault said the team will work on going “back to the fundamentals” in upcoming practices.
Kia Vaughn agrees. “We just have to buckle down and stick to what we are good at,” she said.
Emma Meesseman led the team in scoring with 12 points, accounting for 10 of the Mystics 14 points in the first quarter. Ivory Latta added 10 points, including 2 3-point baskets.