Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wash up

Here's the Scout Box for today's Sun-Washington Mystics game, set for 3 p.m. The game is being televised on MyTV9.

3 p.m., today
Mohegan Sun Arena, Mohegan

Records: Connecticut 6-1; Washington 2-5.
Last game: Connecticut beat Minnesota, 78-77; Washington lost at San Antonio, 63-52. Both games were Friday.
Next game: Connecticut plays at Minnesota Tuesday; Washington hosts Sacramento Wednesday.
TV/Internet: MyTV9, NBATV/
Series: The Sun lead the all-time series, 24-13, and are 15-4 against the Mystics at home. Washington took the season series, 3-1, last year, winning twice at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Injuries: Connecticut—Kamesha Hairston (recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus, day-to-day). Washington—Nikki Blue (sprained ankle, out).
Scouting report: The Sun are 6-1 for the third time as a franchise. They started 2006 at 7-1 and 2005 at 8-1. … After starting the season 10-for-21 from the field and 6-for-12 from 3, Jolene Anderson has struggled shooting the ball recently. She’s 7-for-33 from the floor in her last four games (21.2 percent) — three of those as starts — and she is 1-for-20 from behind the arc. … Claimed off waivers on May 21, Crystal Smith started in her debut with the Mystics Friday, scoring 10 points in 30 minutes. The former Houston guard sat out the first two weeks with Washington because of a foot injury. … Former Sun player Taj McWilliams-Franklin ranks seventh in the league in rebounding (8.7 per game). While her Washington teammate Nakia Sanford is tied for eighth (8.0), the Mystics still rank third to last in the WNBA in rebounding (31.2). … Connecticut, meanwhile, ranks second (39.6) among teams and first in differential (plus-5.28). … After ranking last in the league in 3-point percentage, Washington sits at third this season (36.9 percent), and shot 11-of-16 from 3 against Phoenix on June 3. Alana Beard leads the team with 12 3s.

1 F Amber Holt 6.0
15 F Asjha Jones 14.3
00 C Tamika Whitmore 15.6
13 G Lindsay Whalen 15.6
33 G Jolene Anderson 6.3

Connecticut reserves
22 Barbara Turner 8.9
7 Sandrine Gruda 5.3
10 Jamie Carey 3.3

25 F Monique Currie 9.7
11 F Taj McWilliams-Franklin 13.1
43 C Nakia Sanford 9.0
15 G Crystal Smith 1.7
20 G Alana Beard 19.3

Washington reserves
9 Coco Miller 5.4
12 Laurie Koehn 4.2
1 Crystal Langhorne 3.3

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