Washington, D.C. – The 2012 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) pre-season schedule was released today by the league office. The Washington Mystics will face Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun prior to the start of the regular season.

Washington will travel to Chicago to face the Sky on Thursday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m., then return to Verizon Center to face the Sun on Monday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2012 season on Saturday, May 19 against the Chicago Sky. Season tickets for the 2012 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

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.