Povich Camp Day 3 Recap

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Povich Camp Day 3 Recap
Jul 19, 2017

By Grant Cohen

The Povich Sports Journalism Camp applied what they learned from the previous two days’ sessions into action on Wednesday. All of the campers traveled together for a nine-mile trip to Washington D.C., where the WNBA’s Washington Mystics battled the Atlanta Dream at the Verizon Center.

With notepads and pens in hands and computers resting on laps, the campers got a taste of what covering a sporting event is like and acted like real journalists in the profession. The goal was to create a game story based on the court action as if they were publishing for a local newspaper, with many of the campers experiencing this for the first time.

Although the Mystics trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half and fell behind by 15 points at halftime, the campers did not lose focus on paying attention to the details of the game.

“At first it was hard [to focus] because there was not really much to write,” camper Tyler Fraser said. “Once the game got going, there was more scoring plays to write down and who was contributing to the [Mystics’] points.”

Playing in front of a crowd of 15,997, mostly filled with campers, the aspiring journalists had something interesting to report. The Mystics climbed all the way back in the fourth quarter, forcing the game into overtime off a basket by Emma Messeman with 30 seconds left

Washington controlled the momentum to come up with a four-point victory even without All-Star forward Elena Delle Donne, who was out with a sprained ankle. Maryland alum Kristi Toliver scored a game-high 29 points for the Mystics while Ivory Latta scored 18 of Washington’s 38 bench points.

“[The campers] were great,” former Maryland women’s basketball player and current Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough said in camp’s postgame press conference. “The energy that they gave us… it would’ve been tough if they weren’t here. They were loud at the free throw shooters. Some people don’t think that matters, but that does matter.

“Their energy was good and we were able to feed off that as a team. We’re really thankful that they were not only able to come out, but actually participate.”

Camp continues Thursday with game story critiques and more sessions with working journalists, highlighted by USA Today’s Christine Brennan.

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