Ajavon & Thomas Eyeing Return


On Monday night, the Mystics knocked off the Connecticut Sun, 83-64, to conclude the 2012 pre-season. While it was an impressive win, what may be more impressive is that they did so without the likes of Matee Ajavon and Jasmine Thomas.

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Ajavon, now in her fifth WNBA season, is coming off a career year where she averaged 14.7 ppg and started 33 of 34 games for the Mystics.

She sat out for most of camp with a sore knee, but on Tuesday she began participating in limited drills and is hopeful to return to game-action soon. "I'm excited to step back on the court, the teams been doing a great job, got a great win, and I'm excited to be working with them again," said Ajavon.

As for Thomas, she's entering her second WNBA season and really came on in the second half of last year, making her way into the starting lineup. Now in her sophomore season, she is expected to see plenty of time orchestrating the Mystics offense as a true point guard.

Similar to Ajavon, Thomas also has been out of action throughout camp because of tendinitis, but returned to participate in certain drills on Tuesday, as she gets herself ready for live action. "Im very excited, there are a lot of the things I remember from last year, but coming out here with (Natasha) Lacy and going through the plays makes me realize that it's time to play," said the second-year guard from Duke.

And it's not only the two of them who are excited, but their head coach is also eagerly awaiting to have them back in her lineup.

"They are getting ready, bringing them up to speed in terms of knowing our offense and defensive schemes, it's good to see them back on the court" said Head Coach Trudi Lacey.

We saw what the Mystics were capable of without them in their pre-season game on Monday night, which has to leave a lot of optimism as to what this team can accomplish when they do return.