The Washington Mystics weren’t the only team at the Verizon Center putting on a clinic for what not to do in a basketball game.
The Seattle Storm made their share of mistakes as well.
Early in the second quarter, Storm guard Tanisha Wright was attempting to advance the ball upcourt and tried to loft a pass over the Mystics defender a few feet in front of her. Rookie forward Victoria Dunlap leapt into the air from her defensive stance and didn’t just deflect the pass, but got two hands on it and smacked it back toward Wright.
It didn’t end up resulting in a steal for Dunlap and Wright gathered the ball that was thrown back in her face and went about her business getting the Storm into their offense. But that was the kind of havoc Dunlap wreaked on the Storm in her first start in place of injured Mystics center Crystal Langhorne.
Against a veteran Storm team, Dunlap was the player who stood out and just made plays to keep her team in the game. Whether it be picking up Wright for 3/4 court pressure, cutting to the basket to draw fouls and a free throw rate of 50%, or working against slower players in the post, Dunlap made her presence felt all over the court.