Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Washington Mystics Guard Brittney Sykes.
With D.C. United losing 4-0, the Spirit not in action, and the Nationals losing in their lone series of the week to St. Louis, it was a great performance from Sykes that earned her first DMV Star of the Week award.
In Tuesday night’s 93-86 win over Seattle, Sykes poured in a team-high 26 points in 31 minutes of play, adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the win.
The Mystics held a 20 point lead entering the 4th quarter before coasting to the finish line for the 11th win of the season to improve to 11-8 on the year.
After a somewhat slow start in 2023, Sykes has turned it on in the last few weeks, scoring in double-figures in each of the last seven Mystics games.
On July 7, she scored a season-high 29 points in a win over Indiana and of course eclipsed 20 points again, for just the second time this year, with her 26 against Seattle on Tuesday.
The Mystics have scoring options all over the floor and are positioned well to have a stellar 2023 WNBA campaign.
The DMV saw four teams in action this past week, including the Washington Nationals, D.C. United, Washington Spirit, and Washington Mystics
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Washington Nationals Designated Hitter Joey Meneses drove in 2 runs in Friday’s 7-5 win over St. Louis, continuing his hot streak after the All Star break
Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:
Washington Nationals (37-56, 5th in NL East, 24.5 GB)
7/17 @ Chicago Cubs
7/18 @ Chicago Cubs
7/19 @ Chicago Cubs
7/21 vs. San Francisco
7/22 vs. San Francisco
7/23 vs. San Francisco
D.C. United: (8-6-10, 30 points, 9th in Eastern Conference)
Off until 8/20
Washington Spirit: (6-6-3, 24 points, 5th in NWSL)
7/22 @ North Carolina (NWSL Challenge Cup - Matchday 4 of 6)
Washington Mystics: (11-8, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
7/19 vs. Indiana
7/21 vs. New York
7/23 vs. Phoenix
*Denotes games I will be covering in-person