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The 2008 WNBA season
2008 WNBA season
-Season Highlights:*Candace Parker becomes the second and third player in WNBA history to dunk in a regular season game.*A fight breaks out between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Detroit Shock resulting in four ejections and ten suspensions....

 was the 11th season for the Washington Mystics. Despite a 10-16 record before the WNBA break for the Beijing Olympics, Mystics officials said that attendance at Verizon Center
Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications, and has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" because of its association with telecommunications companies...

 had risen from nearly 1,200 fans a game over last season, with total ticket revenue up 17 percent and season-ticket sales for the '08 season were up 20 percent from last season, bringing the team's base to nearly 3,000.

Off Season


On October 2, 2007, the Mystics announced that Tree Rollins
Tree Rollins
Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins is a retired American professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree...

 would named the permanent head coach. Rollins was the interim head coach since the resignation of Richie Adubato
Richie Adubato
Richard Adam "Richie" Adubato was a basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. He has served as head coach for three NBA teams: the Detroit Pistons, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Orlando Magic...

 on June 1, 2007.

Expansion Draft


Yelena Leuchanka
Yelena Leuchanka
Yelena Leuchanka is a Belarusian professional women's basketball player with the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA in the United States. Prior to joining the Dream for their inaugural 2008 season, Leuchanka was a member of the Charlotte Sting in 2006 and Washington Mystics in 2007. She began her college...

 was selected in the 2008 Expansion Draft for the Atlanta Dream
Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began. The team is owned by Dream Too LLC, which is composed of two Atlanta...

.

WNBA Draft

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
1 6 Crystal Langhorne
Crystal Langhorne
- External links :* at University of Maryland website.* at...

Maryland
Maryland Terrapins women's basketball
The University of Maryland women's basketball team has been a prominent program in the history of women's basketball. As a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Lady Terrapins have been regular season and tournament champions on numerous occasions. They were struggling with a losing record...

2 20 Lindsey Pluimer UCLA
UCLA Bruins
The UCLA Bruins are the sports teams for University of California, Los Angeles . The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pacific-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I...

3 34 Krystal Vaughn Virginia Commonwealth

Trades

April 22, 2008 To Washington Mystics
Washington Mystics
The Washington Mystics is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded prior to the 1998 season. The team is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment , who also owns the Mystics'...


Taj McWilliams-Franklin and a first-round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft
2009 WNBA Draft
The 2009 WNBA Draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 9, 2009. The first round was shown on ESPN2 at 3:00pm ET, while the second and third rounds were shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at...

To Los Angeles Sparks
Los Angeles Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks is a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began...


DeLisha Milton-Jones
DeLisha Milton-Jones
DeLisha Milton-Jones is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association . Milton-Jones played college basketball for the University of Florida. In her twelve-season WNBA career, she has played for the Washington Mystics and Los...

August 12, 2008 To Washington Mystics
Washington Mystics
The Washington Mystics is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded prior to the 1998 season. The team is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment , who also owns the Mystics'...


Tasha Humphrey
Tasha Humphrey
Tasha Humphrey is a professional basketball player. She played the center position for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA until being waived 6 July 2009. Her father is former Green Bay Packers player Donnie Humphrey.-College career:Completed her career as Georgia's second all-time scorer and...

, Eshaya Murphy
Eshaya Murphy
Eshaya "Shay" Murphy is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA.Murphy attended college at USC and graduated in 2007. Following her collegiate career, she was selected 15th overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx...

, and a second-round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft
2009 WNBA Draft
The 2009 WNBA Draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 9, 2009. The first round was shown on ESPN2 at 3:00pm ET, while the second and third rounds were shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at...

To Detroit Shock
Detroit Shock
The Detroit Shock was a Women's National Basketball Association team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They were the 2003, 2006 and 2008 WNBA champion...


Taj McWilliams-Franklin

Free agents

Player Signed Former team
Amber Jacobs
Amber Jacobs
Amber Jacobs is the assistant athletic director for Baptist Bible College and is also their head women's basketball coach. Previously, Amber was an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team and former professional basketball player in the WNBA, for the Los Angeles...

 
March 17, 2008 Indiana Fever
Indiana Fever
The Indiana Fever is a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the 2000 season began...

Kendra Wecker
Kendra Wecker
Kendra Renee Wecker is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA. She formerly played forward for the San Antonio Silver Stars and Washington Mystics...

 
June 23, 2008 San Antonio Silver Stars
San Antonio Silver Stars
The San Antonio Silver Stars are a professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; the team moved to San Antonio...

Player Left New team
Nikki Teasley
Nikki Teasley
Nikki Teasley is a basketball player in the WNBA.She played college basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill....

 
March 24, 2008 Atlanta Dream
Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began. The team is owned by Dream Too LLC, which is composed of two Atlanta...

 (August 15, 2008)
Stacey Lovelace
Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert
Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, who played in the WNBA.Lovelace-Tolbert attended college at Purdue University and graduated in 1996. On May 2, 2000 she was assigned with the Indiana Fever later in 2000 Lovelace-Tolbert played with the Seattle Storm...

 
March 27, 2008 Atlanta Dream
Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began. The team is owned by Dream Too LLC, which is composed of two Atlanta...

Amber Jacobs
Amber Jacobs
Amber Jacobs is the assistant athletic director for Baptist Bible College and is also their head women's basketball coach. Previously, Amber was an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team and former professional basketball player in the WNBA, for the Los Angeles...

 
June 23, 2008 Los Angeles Sparks
Los Angeles Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks is a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association . The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began...

 (July 7, 2008)
Kendra Wecker
Kendra Wecker
Kendra Renee Wecker is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA. She formerly played forward for the San Antonio Silver Stars and Washington Mystics...

 
August 12, 2008
Player Re-signed
Nakia Sanford
Nakia Sanford
Nakia Sanford is a professional basketball player. She currently plays the center position for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.-College career:...

 
February 21, 2008
Alana Beard
Alana Beard
-External links:****...

 
February 25, 2008
Laurie Koehn
Laurie Koehn
Laurie Koehn is a professional basketball player from the WNBA.- Education :Koehn attended Moundridge High School in Moundridge, Kansas. Koehn graduated from Kansas State University in 2005...

 
February 28, 2008
Coco Miller
Coco Miller
-External links:**...

 
September 14, 2008

Regular season

  • On July 19, 2008 Tree Rollins was fired by the team after an 8-14 start. Assistant coach, Jessie Kenlaw was named as interim head coach.

Season schedule

Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Attendance Record
May 17 @ Indiana 53-64 Nakia Sanford (14) 10,533 0-1
May 22 @ New York 60-79 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (26) 7,071 0-2
May 25 vs. Houston 69-66 Alana Beard (16) 10,441 1-2
May 27 vs. Atlanta 80-74 Alana Beard (25) 6,231 2-2
May 31 vs. Los Angeles 59-70 Monique Currie (15) 11,517 2-3
June 3 @ Phoenix 93-98 Alana Beard (33) 7,561 2-4
June 6 @ San Antonio 52-63 Alana Beard (13) 5,800 2-5
June 8 @ Connecticut 79-87 Monique Currie (28) 7,174 2-6
June 11 vs. Sacramento 76-79 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (23) 6,146 2-7
June 13 @ Chicago 64-57 Alana Beard (22) 2,600 3-7
June 18 @ Houston 67-63 Alana Beard (23) 7,054 4-7
June 20 vs. Atlanta 72-61 Alana Beard (18) 7,448 5-7
June 24 vs. Phoenix 90-98 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (31) 6,662 5-8
June 26 @ Los Angeles 77-74 (OT) Monique Currie (24) 8,144 6-8
June 29 @ Seattle 49-64 Alana Beard (16) 7,965 6-9
July 1 @ Sacramento 81-87 Alana Beard (31) 5,705 6-10
July 6 vs. San Antonio 75-83 Alana Beard (20) 10,439 6-11
July 8 vs. Indiana 50-48 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (20) 7,587 7-11
July 11 @ Detroit 66-79 Coco Miller (15) 8,596 7-12
July 13 vs. Connecticut 69-64 Nikki Blue (13) 9,610 8-12
July 17 @ New York 56-77 Alana Beard (15) 8,344 8-13
July 18 vs. Detroit 62-99 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (13) 6,834 8-14
July 20 vs. Seattle 89-57 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (22) 8,543 9-14
July 23 vs. New York 73-80 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (19) 16,121 9-15
July 25 @ Atlanta 81-75 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (13) 8,279 10-15
July 27 vs. Connecticut 60-82 Taj McWilliams-Franklin (11) 9,357 10-16
August 29 vs. Chicago 75-79 Alana Beard (18) 10,043 10-17
August 30 @ Minnesota 78-92 Alana Beard (27) 6,980 10-18
September 2 vs. Indiana 68-79 Alana Beard (17) 7,244 10-19
September 6 vs. Detroit 69-84 Monique Currie (15) 9,976 10-20
September 9 @ Chicago 59-78 Tasha Humphrey (15) 3,087 10-21
September 11 @ Detroit 66-78 Alana Beard (16)
Monique Currie (16)
8,145 10-22
September 13 @ Connecticut 81-87 Monique Currie (23) 8,652 10-23
September 14 vs. Minnesota 70-96 Alana Beard (17) 10,438 10-24

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
33 33 33.1 .395 .354 .733 3.6 3.5 1.7 0.6 16.1
26 26 33.2 .525 .280 .730 7.3 1.6 1.7 1.0 13.3
34 34 28.6 .401 .375 .826 4.1 2.5 0.9 0.4 11.9
8 7 26.5 .415 .379 .588 6.1 1.1 0.5 0.3 11.1
34 28 23.4 .452 .000 .398 5.7 1.2 0.6 0.3 6.7
34 6 20.9 .355 .283 .625 2.5 1.4 0.8 0.2 5.3
34 6 15.6 .624 .000 .549 4.0 0.4 0.4 0.2 4.8
28 4 14.0 .355 .368 .806 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.1 4.3
26 22 20.7 .324 .438 .760 1.6 2.8 0.7 0.1 3.8
22 0 8.1 .379 .000 .542 2.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 2.6
30 0 4.8 .393 .418 .000 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 2.4
24 1 7.6 .392 .000 .667 2.2 0.1 0.1 0.3 2.0
6 3 13.7 .250 .300 .500 1.2 1.8 0.5 0.0 1.7
2 0 5.5 .333 .000 .000 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0
15 0 5.2 .158 .000 .600 1.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.8
9 0 5.3 .118 .143 .000 1.2 0.8 0.3 0.0 0.6

Washington Mystics Regular Season Stats

Roster


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