Mystics Acquire Tianna Hawkins & Bria Hartley
Washington, D.C. - The Washington Mystics have acquired forward Tianna Hawkins and guard Bria Hartley from the Seattle Storm in exchange for forward Crystal Langhorne.
Hawkins was drafted in the first round (6th overall) by the Storm in the 2013 WNBA draft. The 6-3 forward saw action in 33 games, averaging 3.4 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game. A standout at the University of Maryland, Hawkins led the Terrapins to the 2013 Sweet Sixteen. She was named to numerous All-ACC Teams, including First Team (2013) and Second Team (2012) and All-Tournament Team (2012, 2013). A D.C. native, Hawkins led the NCAA in field goal percentage (.623) during the 2012 season. During her senior year, she averaged 18.0 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game.
A 5-8 guard from the University of Connecticut, Hartley was selected in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 WNBA draft. She was an integral part of UCONN’s consecutive National Championships victories. Following the 2013 NCAA tournament, she was named to the All-NCAA tournament Team. Hartley joins Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore as the only players to score 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists at UCONN. She has earned various accolades including AP Second-Team All-American, First-Team All-American Athletic Conference and was a finalist for the Naismith Award. As a freshman, she was named the Big East Rookie of the year and following a breakout sophomore year, she was named to the Big East First Team and All-Tournament Team. During her collegiate career, Hartley’s averages included 13.0 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Langhorne was selected by the Mystics in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2008 WNBA draft. She averaged 12.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game during her time with the Mystics.
The Washington Mystics will open the season on Friday, May 16, at 7:00 pm against the reigning WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx. In 2013, Coach Mike Thibault led the Mystics back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season while earning Coach of the Year Honors.
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.