Cut three times in WNBA training camps, the guard got her first playing time, and then a start toward a future in coaching.

Plagued by fouls and technical difficulties at the arena, Washington blows big first-quarter lead and loses, 85-81.

Washington's leading scorer and rebounder continues to undergo testing in the concussion protocol before Saturday night's showdown with the first-place Las Vegas Aces.


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Trio of first-timers headline WNBA All-Star reserves

Diamond DeShields, Erica Wheeler and Odyssey Sims will be making their All-Star debuts as the trio was selected for the game in Las Vegas later this month

Howard plays amid abuse allegation, Storm beat Liberty

Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69

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Delle Donne received the most votes of any player in the league for what will be her sixth all-star appearance.

Washington puts forth a lackluster effort in front of a “camp day” crowd at Capital One Arena, while the Mercury's Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner combine to score 47 points.

Delle Donne's injury, suffered in a loss to Los Angeles on Sunday, isn't the only issue the Mystics are juggling.

Washington set the franchise record for margin of victory in a 102-59 laugher that was supposed to be a showdown of the league’s top two teams.

Delle Donne, who missed the Mystics' first meeting with Connecticut and took just nine shots in the second, has averaged 24 points over Washington's past three games.

Natasha Cloud is using her platform with the Washington Mystics to challenge D.C. officials to address gun violence. “You know, I didn’t grow up that way," she said of speaking out. "I grew up in a privileged, white family. How do I correlate that?”

The reigning MVP's torn Achilles' tendon not only shifted the league's balance of power but re-raised the issue of player salaries.

“I will only discuss this topic until it is fixed,” Natasha Cloud said.

Entering Finals rematch against Seattle, Washington is smiling and shooting its way up the charts.

Powers had a season-high 18 points against her old team, and Hawkins added a career-best 21 in an 86-62 victory.

Belgian national, leaving team for Euros, helps spark 103-85 win over Chicago.

The Mystics hope their new, 4,200-seat arena creates a more energetic game experience — but the team is also depending on its fan base to migrate from Chinatown to Southeast D.C.

The Mystics point guard said her job with the Wizards — which gained national attention last year in part because of the low salary she was forced to accept — is not a transition to her post-playing days. She wants to do both.

The rookie had surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus.

"Run it back" is the team's slogan this season after it advanced to the Finals for the first time in 2018.

Notre Dame guard Jackie Young goes first overall to Las Vegas.

The team heads into the offseason on an upbeat note, despite disappointment of its sweep against the Seattle Storm.

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