Tagged Mike Thibault

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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Tianna Hawkins’ Improvement Completes Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics sit atop the WNBA standings at 9-3 ahead of Friday’s clash with the 8-5 Las Vegas Aces. Sixth-year reserve forward Tianna Hawkins, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and 16-of-33 from deep, has been a key, flexible cog for one of the league’s most potent offenses. Washington’s success is propelled by…

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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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Kim Mestdagh is a True Washington Mystics Wildcard

The Washington Mystics signed 28-year-old Kim Mestdagh to a training camp contract. The 5-foot-10 guard starred for Team Belgium at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 alongside Mystics forward/center Emma Meesseman. Drawing from her six games in Tenerife, Mestdagh averaged 16.2 points, shooting nearly 53 percent from the field and 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from…

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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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