WNBA 2013: In unforgettable, significant win, Mystics beat Storm

July 6, 2013, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. – “They certainly make it exciting,” said one of the fans sitting behind me as the game draws to a fitting end.

That is one way to put it.  How thrilling was the Washington Mystics’ 62-59 victory over the Seattle Storm?

The Mystics, playing against a Seattle team without their superstar Sue Bird and an injured Lauren Jackson, took their newfound defensive prowess to task and overwhelmed their opponent with a first quarter score of 21-7, while shooting nearly 45 percent versus 30 percent for the Storm.  And for the rest of the game? They held on and eked out a victory because the Storm was unable to tie the game following three 3-point attempts in the last eight seconds.

Exciting? No.  More like cardiac arrest.

A significant win?  The Mystics are now playing .500 ball again.  With a record of 6-6, they are already one win ahead of their 2012 season total, when they finished 5-29.  Most significantly, Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault is now the winningest coach in the WNBA with 212 victories.

Photos: Washington Mystics 62, Seattle Storm 59
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine