I watched games there before —similar to ESPN 3.
On the same day she was awarded the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award, former Maryland great Crystal Langhorne led the Washington Mystics with 18 points and 10 rebounds in her homecoming to Maryland, as the Mystics fell to the Indiana Fever, 88-79, Thursday evening at Comcast Center in the first game of their playoff series.
Marissa Coleman, Langhorne’s Maryland teammate from 2006-08, also put up big numbers in her return to Comcast Center, pouring in 16 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics, making a couple big 3-pointers late in the game.
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that if the Washington Mystics reach the WNBA playoffs, then their first round home games would be played at the Comcast Center instead of their normal home, the Verizon Center.
The Mystics include former Maryland stars Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. Langhorne is a starter that is the team’s leading rebounder and Coleman is three-point shooter off the bench.
Maybe Mystics fans should be bummed that any first round games would not be in Washington, but what a home court advantage the Mystics could get! Being in the middle of the University of Maryland with two former Terps on your team? Perfect! Maybe students won’t come in droves, but you have to think Maryland supporters who know these two would love the chance to see them in the Comcast Center again. And Maryland would promote this event very well, especially with Crystal Langhorne being such an important player to the team.
Obviously Washington will need to make the playoffs first. Right now they are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Chicago and Connecticut, all with a 15-17 record. To get in they must be fourth place or higher among the six teams in the conference. But it would be great seeing Langhorne and Coleman play at Comcast one more time.
But also, the University of Maryland should be praised for getting these games; it could not have been an easy call for them with scheduling and all. I sure hope it pays off for them.
Blog from Dave Vatz–09 Maryland Graduate
Washington Mystics 82 Conn 70. Marissa Coleman 6-9 from the field, scored 16 points with 5 rebounds. Bravo!
Daron Park, who will always be remembered for taking over the Lady Terps head coaching chores on the road while Brenda was pregnant, is leaving Maryland to take over the Associate Head Coaching job at La Tech, according to terrapintimes.com. The great news is that his rumored replacement is former Montrose and Dematha assistant , David Atkins. Some of the athletes David has trained include Kevin Durant, Linus Kleiza, Greivis Vasquez and Marissa Coleman. Again this is a terrapin times.com report, nothing is official yet.
As a sopomore Marah Strickland averaged 28 minutes per game. With Kristi and Marissa leaving it obvious her role would increase. But she just didn’t accept the facts and is moving on. Best of luck to both ladies. I am sure Brenda is working on replacements as I write. By the way, I had a chance to chat with Marissa at the Wizards game last night. She is ecstatic at staying at home and playing for the Mystics.
Four years of dedicated team play paid off on Thursday, as 2 Terrapin superstars, Mariisa Coleman and Kristi Tolliver were selected 2nd and 3rd in the WNBA draft. Marissa joins former Maryland teammate, Crystal Langhorne, who was also a 1st round pick for the Mystics last year. Coach Brenda Frese was on hand for the festivities. Baltimore’s Angel McCoughtry was selected 1st in the draft by Atlanta.