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Mystics Wins Season Opener at Verizon Center

John E De Freitas. | 5/26/2010, 12:19 p.m.
Mystics guard Lindsey Harding (#10) scored 21 points. In this photo, she drives past former teammate Taj McWilliams headed towards the basket. Photo by John E De Freitas

Photos by John E. De Freitas

Last Friday night's home season opener got off to a rough start for the Washington Mystics as they struggled to create offense. But, the bad start ended on a high note as they held the New York Liberty scoreless for the final 6 minutes 21 seconds on their way to a 77-61 win. The Mystics remain undefeated at 3-0.

Lindsey Harding led all players with 21 points, Monique Currie added 18 and Crystal Langhorne and Nakia Sanford each had 10 points.

"It's been the case with our team this year, we find a way to win," Mystics Coach Julie Plank said. "I thought our defense turned it up. We played an excellent second half."

Currie, who entered as the WNBA's leading scorer at 24 points per game, scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half. "At halftime I cleared my mind and really just let the first half go," Currie said. "It's a game of two halves and I was ready to play when the second half came."

Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty (1-1) with 14 points, and Janel McCarville and Nicole Powell each added 10. "I'm glad it's the second game of the season and not the 14th," Pondexter said. "[There's] A lot to improve on, but I'm staying positive. [There's] a lot more basketball ahead of us."

The Mystics return to the Verizon Center, Sun., May 30 at 4:00 p.m. to play Connecticut.

Alana Beard who recently underwent ankle arthroscopy and ankle tendon repair surgery arrives at the Verizon Center in Northwest for the season opener, using her knee walker, Fri., May 21. Photo by John E De Freitas
Mystic fans cheer for the home team during the season opener, Fri., May 21 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Photo by John E De Freitas