With three players out due to injury, the Washington Mystics received a medical hardship waiver from the WNBA and have signed forward Kerri Gardin, according to a team spokeswoman. Gardin will suit up and be eligible to play Thursday night at Atlanta.
Gardin, who played at Virginia Tech, spent the past three seasons playing for Connecticut where she averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound forward was released by Connecticut during preseason.
Her addition was necessitated by recent injuries to guard Alana Beard and center Ta’Shia Phillips, neither of whom is expected to play Thursday. Beard suffered a left foot sprain May 31 and sat out Washington’s season-opening loss Saturday at Connecticut. Phillips suffered an ankle tendon injury during practice Tuesday.
WNBA teams typically are allowed only to field an 11-member roster. The Mystics spokesman said the league granted Washington a medical hardship waiver because the team currently is without three players on its active roster. Forward Monique Currie is expected to miss the entire season after tearing the ACL in her left knee in January.