The Washington Mystics yesterday acquired Charlotte Sting forward Vicky Bullett in a trade for Mystics forward Shalonda Enis and the team's third-round draft pick in the WNBA draft on April 25.
Bullett, 33, a three-year starter for the Sting, brings veteran leadership and 10 years of professional experience abroad to a relatively young Mystics team. Despite having two players among the league's top scorers last season, the Mystics were 12-20, the second-worst record in the league.
A University of Maryland star from 1986 to '89, Bullett was the Sting's top rebounder and second-leading scorer last season, averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. She helped lead the Sting to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998. The 6-foot-3 forward competed on the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams.
"[Bullett] is a vocal leader," Mystics Coach Nancy Darsch said. "She has an inside-outside game. She is a good passer. She is one of the best defenders in the league. . . . She commands respect. She has a lot of knowledge that will be good for our young team."
Darsch said Bullett will complement guard Nikki McCray and forward Chamique Holdsclaw, who were among the league's top scorers last season, averaging 17.5 and 16.9 points, respectively.
Bullett, who is playing for a pro team in Brazil during the offseason, led the Terrapins to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two NCAA tournaments in four seasons. Her No. 23 jersey was retired by Maryland.
Enis, who was the Mystics' second-round draft pick in the 1999 WNBA draft, averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season. She played two seasons for the Seattle Reign in the now defunct American Basketball League prior to joining the WNBA.