Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw missed practice yesterday because she's dealing with a private medical issue, sources close to the team said.

Holdsclaw has not played since Saturday, when she told management she would not travel to Charlotte for a game that night. Since then, she's stayed in town to deal with the medical problem, which sources called minor and non-threatening.

The Mystics expect Holdsclaw, the team's leading scorer (19.3 points per game) and rebounder (8.5), back on the court soon, possibly for Wednesday's game against Detroit at MCI Center.

"Management has talked to her, and she's dealing with the issue," Coach Michael Adams said. "It's bad timing, but you can't help when these things happen or come up. Hopefully, we'll get her back soon."

"We're supporting her however we can," said teammate Stacey Dales-Schuman, who said she's tried to contact Holdsclaw. "Definitely, we're a little bit different team without her."

The Mystics are missing more than just Holdsclaw. Dales-Schuman is questionable for Wednesday's game with a sore heel and Tamicha Jackson, the starting point guard, will sit out with a strained knee.

The Mystics are 10-13 with three home games scheduled for this week. Then the WNBA goes on a month-long break to allow its players to compete in the Olympic Games.

"Ideally, we win all three games and go into the break .500," Adams said. "We need the time to regroup and get healthy. We're not playing with a full team right now, that's for sure."

-- Eli Saslow