Tagged Kristi Toliver

Breaking Down WNBA’s Wild Week of Free Agency

February 10 kicked off an exciting flurry of free-agent activity for the WNBA, and each of the 12 franchises has made moves they hope will improve their roster for the upcoming 2020 season. With the new CBA in place, some teams—like the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury—have pounced with large dollar offers to entice…

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WNBA Team-Building has Entered a New Era

Washington Mystics general manager and head coach Mike Thibault says the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has changed his job forever. He’s right, and it’s a great thing despite the additional challenges for those in his profession. Thibault gave an interview to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post after former Washington guard Kristi Toliver recently…

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Don’t Overlook Aerial Powers’ Impact for Washington Mystics

The 2019 champion Washington Mystics compiled one of the strongest offensive campaigns in WNBA history, leading the league in points and assists per game, field goal percentage, 3-pointers made (a WNBA record), free throw percentage and offensive rating. Coach Mike Thibault’s offensive juggernaut continued its onslaught in the postseason, upping the scoring to from 89.3…

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How Washington Mystics Can Run It Back in 2020

The Washington Mystics built on 2018’s WNBA Finals appearance and won their first title in franchise history. Mission accomplished. One of the most terrifying offensive attacks in league history won’t take the floor for another seven months, (new collective bargaining agreement pending), but the Mystics have the ingredients of a group that could collect a…

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What Kristi Toliver’s Injury Means for Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics are dealing with the same two dreaded words that foiled their 2018 postseason run: bone bruise.  2019’s title favorites have a one-game lead on the Connecticut Sun for the No. 1 overall seed with four games to play. The Mystics are 6-1 in the current stretch without All-Star guard Kristi Toliver, who…

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What Notable Absences Mean for WNBA’s 23rd Season

No Maya Moore. No Breanna Stewart. And, until a few days ago, many had begun to wonder if Liz Cambage would lace ‘em up at all for the 2019 WNBA season. Unfortunately, the 2018 season was a bit of an anomaly as nearly every star talent was healthy and available. A surprise contender, the Seattle…

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Washington Mystics Will Be Better Than Ever in 2019

Three facts: 1. Washington Mystics forwards Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman rank among the WNBA’s top frontcourt scoring duos. 2. The upcoming season marks their first opportunity to truly develop their on-court relationship. 3. How potent they prove to be will likely determine Washington’s quest to win a title. The Mystics acquired Delle Donne…

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Washington Mystics 2019 Offseason Checklist

The Washington Mystics outlasted the Atlanta Dream in a slugfest semifinal series on their way to the 2018 WNBA Finals, where they were swept by the Seattle Storm. All-WNBA forward Elena Delle Donne was not at full strength after hyper-extending her knee in Game 2 against the Dream, though she admirably shot down every opportunity…

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