Mystics Acquire Lindsey Harding

Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics General Manger Angela Taylor announced today that the team had acquired Guard Lindsey Harding, Minnesota Lynx 2009 second round pick (23rd overall) and 2010 second round pick in exchange for Washington’s 2009 first round pick (ninth overall) and second round pick (15th overall).

"We are thrilled to add Lindsey Harding to the Mystics roster. She is a quality, starting point guard who has played at a high level her entire career. Lindsey has unmatched speed and loves to play in an up-tempo system,” said Taylor. “She will make an immediate impact in Washington by bringing solid leadership qualities and a desire to win a championship.”

Harding was the number one overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft. She was considered the leading candidate for rookie of the year prior to suffering a torn ACL. She appeared in 20 games during her rookie season and recorded 11.7 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game and was named to the WNBA’s All-Rookie team. Last season, Harding scored 6.8 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game.

"I am really excited to be a part of the Mystics organization and am ready to contribute in any way I can. I look forward to this season and to helping the Mystics take that next step towards a championship," said Harding.

A graduate of Duke University, Harding earned various accolades including the 2007 Naismith Player of the Year, the 2006 and 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2007 Frances Pomeroy Award.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6th, on the road against the Connecticut Sun. Washington will host the club’s home opener on Sunday, June 7th, against the Atlanta Dream. Season 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 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.