Team Features a Mix of Veterans and Young Players

Washington, D.C. – General Manager Angela Taylor announced today the Washington Mystics’ final roster. Following a competitive training camp, Washington finalized its team to 11 players per league rule. The 2009 Mystics team will feature All-stars Alana Beard and Chasity Melvin, veterans Nakia Sanford and Monique Currie as well as young talented players in Lindsey Harding, Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman.

“I have a lot of respect for the 16 players that participated in training camp, they each raised the level of competitiveness in our training camp, which I thought was incredible,” said Taylor. “As a result of the efforts and improvements that we have seen in the last two weeks, we are extremely optimistic about the 2009 season because we have a roster that is poised and ready to compete for an Eastern Conference Championship.”

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6, on the road against the Connecticut Sun. Washington will host the club’s home opener on Sunday, June 7, against the Atlanta Dream. Season and group tickets for the 2009 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

Following is the 2009 Washington Mystics roster:

22 Matee Ajavon G 5-8 160 05/07/1986 Rutgers 1
20 Alana Beard G-F 5-11 160 05/14/1982 Duke 5
32 Nikki Blue G 5-8 163 04/29/1984 UCLA 3
4 Marissa Coleman G-F 6-1 160 01/04/1987 Maryland R
25 Monique Currie F 6-0 177 02/25/1983 Duke 3
10 Lindsey Harding G 5-8 139 06/12/1984 Duke 2
34 Tasha Humphrey C 6-3 190 12/29/1985 Georgia 1
1 Crystal Langhorne F- C 6-2 190 10/27/0986 Maryland 1
44 Chasity Melvin C-F 6-3 185 05/03/1976 NC State 10
41 Josephine Owino C 6-3 - 08/28/1983 Union R
43 Nakia Sanford F-C 6-4 200 05/10/1976 Kansas 6

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