Mystics Guard to Undergo Season Ending Surgery Next Week

ALANA BEARD OUT WITH ANKLE INJURY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mystics Vice President and General Manager Angela Taylor announced today that Mystics guard Alana Beard will undergo ankle arthroscopy and ankle tendon repair surgery next week. She is expected to miss the 2010 WNBA season.

“We are disappointed for Alana because she is committed to doing whatever it takes to help our team to win. She is one of the hardest working players in the WNBA, so we are confident in a full and speedy recovery and look forward to having Alana back on the court during the 2011 season” stated Taylor. “We are excited about the talent and depth on our team with the addition of Katie Smith and our 2010 draft picks and plan to continue to compete for the Eastern Conference Championship.”

The surgery will be performed by world renowned foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. James Nunley who has previously treated Beard as well as other professional athletes.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2010 season with a back to back on Saturday, May 15 on the road against the Eastern Conference Champions, Indiana Fever followed by a match up on Sunday, May 16 at Minnesota Lynx. Washington will host the club’s home opener on Friday, May 21, against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets for the 2010 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 www.washingtonmystics.com.

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.