The Washington Mystics have blessed everyone with an early Christmas gift. Their 2019 season schedule is now released. The Mystics announced their schedule via Twitter and also on their website.
Washington will open their season on the road on May 25 against the Connecticut Sun. They will host the Atlanta Dream on June 1 for the first game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The Mystics and Dream last faced each other in the 2018 WNBA semifinals.
Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault was thrilled about the new season as well as starting in a new arena.
“With the release of our schedule, we can see that we are already reaping huge dividends from the move to our new home at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. “It is a well-balanced schedule with a lot of weekend dates, a direct result of us having much greater control over dates that benefit our team and fans. Our players are excited about the home court advantage that the atmosphere and size of our new arena will provide. Every seat is a great seat and the availability of easy metro access will make the total Mystics game experience one that fans will thoroughly enjoy as we pursue the WNBA Championship.”
What Can Be Expected From A First Glance
- There will be plenty of weekend games for the Mystics. Total games on Saturday and Sunday are 14 with nine being at home and five on the road.
- There will only be one Camp Day game at Capital One Arena. That’s on July 10 versus the Phoenix Mercury.
- Washington will face the Chicago Sky four times as their in-conference opponent. They will play every other team three times.
- From June 18-26, Mystics will be on their longest road trip and on August 8-14 they’ll be at home for their longest homestand.
WNBA announced 16 telecasts on ESPN Networks. Washington will have four nationally televised games on ESPN and ESPN2:
- June 23 at Atlanta (ESPN)
- June 29 vs. Connecticut (ESPN)
- Aug. 14 vs. Seattle (ESPN2)
- Aug. 27 vs. Los Angeles (ESPN2)
Monumental Sports Network will broadcast all Mystics game for the2019 season.
- Upon glancing at the schedule as well, there’s more time between road games. There’s at least a day or more gap in between home to road or road to road games. This is a big improvement not just with Washington but the WNBA in general. Seems to be enough time and rest for players in each game. It definitely helps with not having to immediately catch red-eye flights from the east coast to the west coast and vice versa.
- With both the 2019 Mystics schedule and the EuroBasket Women 2019 dates out, it looks like we won’t be expecting Emma Meesseman for a full season. EuroBasket Women is from June 27 through July 7, so we can possibly expect Meesseman to show up in mid-season. It remains to be seen whether Meesseman shows up to training camp this year before EuroBasket Women however, like she did in 2017.