Washington Mystics 2014 roster


Bria Hartley, taken with the No. 7 pick in April’s draft, is one of two rookies out of Connecticut on the roster. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
May 15
No. 25 Monique Currie
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
F 6-0 173 9th 10.5 5.0 1.5

Currie is the only player left from the previous incarnation of the Mystics before Mike Thibault took over as coach and general manager. The District native and former Duke standout remains a threat from three-point range and provides leadership on a talented roster filled with a dearth of experience.

No. 31 Stefanie Dolson
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
C 6-5 214 1st 12.5 9.3 3.4

Stats from University of Connecticut

The No. 6 overall selection in the WNBA draft fills a pressing need for rebounding in a lineup that is without Crystal Langhorne after the longtime face of the franchise was traded to the Seattle Storm. Dolson was the national defensive player of the year as a senior at Connecticut.

No. 23 Kalana Greene
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-10 170 5th 5.1 3.7 1.5

Greene started 31 games last season for the Connecticut Sun before being cut this week. The Mystics added her off waivers Wednesday, bolstering depth in their back court. Greene has extensive experience overseas as well, having played in Italy, Israel and Poland since being the No. 13 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

No. 8 Bria Hartley
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-8 145 1st 16.2 3.6 4.3

Stats from University of Connecticut

Hartley, the No. 7 pick in the draft, was a surprise addition to the Mystics on WNBA draft night as part of the deal that sent Langhorne to Seattle. The second-team all-American was second in scoring and assists for the repeat national champion Huskies last season.

No. 21 Tianna Hawkins
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
F 6-3 191 2nd 3.4 1.6 0.2

The third all-time leading rebounder at Maryland made an immediate impact during the preseason after coming back to her home town following one season in Seattle, which made the Riverdale Baptist High School graduate the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s WNBA draft.

No. 4 Tayler Hill
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-9 145 2nd 6.5 1.7 1.5

The No. 4 overall pick in last year’s WNBA draft finished the regular season on an upswing with consecutive games of 16 points to match a career high. Hill’s three-point shooting percentage (.333) was second among rookies, and her assists and minutes per game (17.4) were eighth.

No. 12 Ivory Latta
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-6 138 8th 13.9 2.6 4.4

The veteran point guard brought instant stability to the back court last season after Thibault made Latta his first acquisition. Latta led the Mystics in scoring, assists, minutes (31.5), free throw percentage (.902) and three-point field goal percentage (.396)

No. 20 Kara Lawson
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-9 150 12th 13.8 3.7 4.2

Lawson came back to her home town via a trade in March. The national high school player of the year in 1999 out of West Springfield can play either guard position and adds scoring depth and experience to a roster comprising primarily second-year players and rookies.

No. 33 Emma Meesseman
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
F-C 6-4 182 2nd 4.4 3.1 1.2

The versatile Belgian post player was the 19th pick in the second round of last year’s WNBA draft. Meesseman, who missed the preseason while playing in France, was named FIBA’s Europe young women’s player of the year in 2011 and played in all 34 games for the Mystics last season.

No. 32 Jelena Milovanovic
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
F 6-3 175 1st 19.1 5.0 1.4

Stats from EuroLeague

The featured player on the Serbian national team can score inside and out, making her a difficult matchup for opponents. Milovanic had her best performance of the preseason during the Mystics’ 81-80 win against the Indiana Fever on May 7, scoring 13 of her 15 points over the final five minutes.

No. 14 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
G 5-10 183 2nd 4.4 2.8 0.8

Thibault praised the former two-time Virginia high school player of the year from T.C. Williams for her fearless attitude and rugged defense last season. Ruffin-Pratt played double-digit minutes in all but three games as a rookie after a breakout senior year at North Carolina.

No. 9 Kia Vaughn
Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG
C 6-4 205 6th 6.9 5.2 0.6

Vaughn started 15 games in her first season in Washington after Thibault acquired the fourth player in Rutgers history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds via a trade with the Atlanta Dream. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA draft is the top rebounder back for the Mystics in the wake of the Langhorne trade.

— Gene Wang

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