Crystal Langhorne Appears Unstoppable in Mystics Double Win
John E. DeFreitas | 6/30/2010, 12:21 p.m.
Mystics 68, Los Angeles Sparks 53; Mystics 95, Phoenix 85
Crystal Langhorne paved the way to Washington's fourth consecutive win, as the Mystics defeated the Los Angeles Sparks Thu., June 24, 68-53. The victory marked the first time that Washington has won four consecutive games since August 2007. Langhorne scored a career-high 27 points during the game.
"There is a magnet in her body and there's a magnet in the basketball. We were talking about it at half time," Lindsey Harding said in a joking manner.
"She doesn't really jump much, but she always [ends] up with the ball. When they say 'nose for the ball' that's her. She takes a lot of the pressure off of the guards."
Langhorne burned the Mercury, Sun., June 27, with 10 rebounds and a new career-high 31 points; three points shy of the franchise record set by Chamique Holdsclaw in 2003, en route to her third consecutive double-double as she led the Mystics to a 95-85 win at the Verizon Center in Northwest.
"Things are just going well this week," said Langhorne, who scored 13 for 18 against the Mercury.
"On Sunday our coaches emphasized getting it in [the lane]. They were playing one-on-one coverage, and it was easy for our post players to score. If they want to play me one-on-one, that's no problem with me," she said.
Langhorne was named the league's Eastern Conference Player of the Week by Kia Motors, for regular season games played Mon., June 21 through Sun., June 27.
Langhorne's impressive game warranted praise from Mercury star, Diana Taurasi.
"She's playing really great basketball. To people who [have] followed her career, I don't think it's much of a surprise. She's got really good footwork. She can finish with either hand, and she's playing phenomenally well right now."