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MYSTICS BEARD OUT FOR SEASON

MYSTICS BEARD OUT FOR SEASON
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Mystics Guard to Undergo Season Ending Surgery Next Week
ALANA BEARD OUT WITH ANKLE INJURY
Posted Apr 14 2010 4:32PM  (www.wnba.com/mystics/news/alana_beard_out_with_ankle_inj)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mystics Vice President and General Manager Angela Taylor announced today that Mystics guard Alana Beard will undergo ankle arthroscopy and ankle tendon repair surgery next week. She is expected to miss the 2010 WNBA season.

“We are disappointed for Alana because she is committed to doing whatever it takes to help our team to win. She is one of the hardest working players in the WNBA, so we are confident in a full and speedy recovery and look forward to having Alana back on the court during the 2011 season” stated Taylor. “We are excited about the talent and depth on our team with the addition of Katie Smith and our 2010 draft picks and plan to continue to compete for the Eastern Conference Championship.”

The surgery will be performed by world renowned foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. James Nunley who has previously treated Beard as well as other professional athletes.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2010 season with a back to back on Saturday, May 15 on the road against the Eastern Conference Champions, Indiana Fever followed by a match up on Sunday, May 16 at Minnesota Lynx. Washington will host the club’s home opener on Friday, May 21, against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets for the 2010 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.

Mystics Roster

2010 Roster
NUM PLAYER POS HT WT DOB FROM YRS
22 Matee Ajavon G 5-8 160 05/07/1986 Rutgers 2
2 La’Tangela Atkinson G-F 6-1 164 03/22/1984 North Carolina 4
20 Alana Beard G-F 5-11 160 05/14/1982 Duke 6
32 Nikki Blue (FA) G 5-8 163 03/29/1984 UCLA 4
4 Marissa Coleman G-F 6-1 160 01/04/1987 Maryland 1
25 Monique Currie F 6-0 177 02/25/1983 Duke 4
42 Shanavia Dowdell F 6-2 09/10/1987 Louisiana Tech R
8 Lauren Ervin F 6-4 171 03/24/1985 Arkansas 1
21 Alexis Gray-Lawson G 5-8 04/21/1987 California R
10 Lindsey Harding G 5-8 139 06/12/1984 Duke 3
31 Kristin Haynie G 5-9 147 06/17/1983 Michigan State 5
1 Crystal Langhorne F-C 6-2 190 10/27/1986 Maryland 2
24 Kristen Mann F 6-1 185 08/10/1983 California-Santa Barbara 5
44 Chasity Melvin C-F 6-3 185 05/03/1976 North Carolina State 11
50 Jacinta Monroe F 6-5 09/04/1988 Florida State R
33 Bernice Mosby F 6-1 140 02/14/1984 Baylor 3
43 Nakia Sanford F-C 6-4 200 05/10/1976 Kansas 7
13 Jenna Smith C 6-3 07/25/1988 Illinois R
30 Katie Smith G 5-11 175 06/04/1974 Ohio State 11
14 Carla Thomas F 6-3 200 10/31/1985 Vanderbilt 1

HEAD COACH
Julie Plank (College – Ohio State)
ASSISTANT COACHES
Marianne Stanley (College – Immaculata College)
Trudi Lacey (College – North Carolina State)
STRENGTH-AND-CONDITIONING COACH
Lisa Ciaravella (College – Elon)
ATHLETIC TRAINER
Navin Hettiarachchi (College – West Virginia Wesleyan College)

C – Captain

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