Mystics Add Schumacher to Roster

Washington, D.C. – General Manager Angela Taylor announced today the team had added 6-4 Center Kelly Schumacher to its roster. An eight year WNBA veteran, Schumacher has played for the Indiana Fever and New York Liberty. She also won back to back WNBA championships in 2007 and 2008 as a member of the Phoenix Mercury and Detroit Shock teams.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Schumacher to the Mystics organization. She brings tremendous size, quality professional experience, and a championship mentality to our team while complimenting our other low block posts. Kelly is extremely versatile, stretches the defense with her face up game, has an extremely high basketball IQ and is a proven winner. She is a good shot blocker and values team,” said Taylor. “Coach Julie Plank had the opportunity to coach Kelly in Indiana and is excited about what she brings to our team. Several teams were interested in signing Schu this season, so we are ecstatic that she was excited about becoming part of our efforts to build a championship organization.”

Schumacher was selected in the first round (14th overall) in the 2001 WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever. She has averaged 5.0 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game during her career. Schumacher has made playoff appearances with the Fever, Mercury and Shock and averaged 3.0 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. averaged 3.0 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. She finished the 2008 season ranked 13th in blocks and 18th in rebounds.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Schumacher won an NCAA National Championship in 2000 with the Huskies. She is ranked third in career blocked shots (181) on Connecticut’s all-time list. Schumacher was the recipient of the WNBA’s Community Assist Award for her community service during the 2002-03 off-season.

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 website at www.washingtonmystics.com

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