Marissa Coleman Traded to Los Angeles Sparks

Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced today that the team has acquired veteran guard Noelle Quinn from the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for forward Marissa Coleman.

“We are excited to have Noelle join the Mystics as we look forward to the upcoming 2012 season,” said Lacey. “She is an experienced combo guard that brings a high basketball IQ and plays multiple positions.”

A 6-0 standout from UCLA, Quinn was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft. She spent two seasons with the Lynx where she averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 assists per game. During her rookie season, Quinn dished a career high 14 assists. For the last three seasons, Quinn has been a member of the Sparks and helped lead them to consecutive playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Quinn led the WNBA in assists per turnover ratio (2.7). She posted career highs in points (10.2), rebounds (4.0), games started (34) and minutes (32.5) in 2010.

During her collegiate career, Quinn earned numerous honors including First-Team All-Pac-10 and was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention. She was finalist for both the Naismith and Wade Trophies.

Coleman was selected by the Mystics in the first round (second overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft and compiled averages of 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 96 games.

“We want to thank Marissa for her contribution on and off the court and wish her the best,” added Lacey.

Celebrating their 15th season, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.