Stacey Dales-Schuman Retires From WNBA

The Washington Mystics announced today that Mystics guard Stacey Dales-Schuman has retired. Dales-Schuman was the team’s first pick (third overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft. A standout at the University of Oklahoma, Dales-Schuman led her team to the 2002 NCAA Championship game. She was Oklahoma’s first consensus All-American and was named to the Kodak, Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Journal first teams.

“A player of Stacey’s caliber will be greatly missed by our organization,” said Mystics Senior Vice President of Business and Basketball Operations Judy Holland Burton. “She has been an integral part of the Mystics family for the past three seasons and we wish her all the best.”

In 2002, Dales-Schuman joined ESPN as a studio analyst for their coverage of Women’s College Basketball. Recently, football and men’s basketball were added to her ESPN duties. In 2002, USA Today’s TV Columnist Rudy Martzke named her “Rookie Analyst of the Year” and in 2004 he named her “Best New face.”

“Over the past couple of seasons my passion and spirit for playing basketball has slowly diminished.  Leaving the game is not an easy decision to make, but one that I am fully comfortable with for both myself and my family,” said Dales-Schuman. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have competed in the WNBA, and I wish my teammates and coaches success down the road.”

In three seasons with the Mystics, Dales-Schuman averaged 9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.9 apg. She averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg in the team’s playoff appearances in 2002 and 2004. She was named as a replacement to the All-Star team in 2002.

“I know that I am not alone when I say we will all miss Stacey’s presence on the court and in the locker room,” said Mystics Head Coach Michael Adams.