Mystics Defeat Storm

John E. DeFreitas | 9/10/2009, 7:40 a.m.

The Washington Mystics generated some extra confidence and momentum in the first of three games in four days, defeating the Seattle Storm at the Verizon Center on Thu., Sept. 3. Five Mystics players €" forward Monique Currie, guard Matee Ajavon, guard/forward Marissa Coleman, forward/center Crystal Langhorne and forward/center Nakia Sanford -- scored in double figures to help end Seattle's six-game winning streak. The Mystics were without All-Star and leading scorer guard Alana Beard (16.6 ppg), who has a sprained left ankle. The Storm played without two-time WNBA MVP forward/center Lauren Jackson, who has a stress fracture in her back.

Coleman scored in double digits for the third straight game since Coach Julie Plank gave her a pep talk during the West Coast road trip. Currie has scored in double figures 10 out of the past 15 games.

Note: The Mystics went on the road for two games, losing in Chicago to the Sky on Fri., Sept. 4, 92-86, followed by a loss to the Indiana Fever, 72-61, on S Seattle Storm guard Tanisha Wright, who scored 11 points in her last game, is defended by Mystics guard Lindsey Harding. Courtesy Photo
€I think we're really gelling at the right time,€ Mystics forward Monique Currie said. €At the end of the day, everybody just stepped up. It's you win or you go home and we want to keep playing. We don't want our season to end at the end of the regular season.€ Courtesy Photo
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