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Washington Mystics top AP WNBA preseason poll for first time

Washington Mystics top AP WNBA preseason poll for first time

The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time.

The runner-up from last season's WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday. It's the first time in the four-year history of the poll that Washington is No. 1.

“It's nice when you go to the finals, people assume if you have a young talented team you can be a contender the following year,” Washington coach Mike Thibault said. “It's hard to do. We've worked since I got here to contend every year. The players have gone through the process physically and mentally to know what it feels like. You want to learn from the loss, I...

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