The Washington Times - July 25, 2011, 05:39PM

The Mystics have added forward DeMya Walker to their roster, and waived rookie center Ta’Shia Phillips and rookie forward Karima Christmas.

Walker, an 11-year veteran, spent most of 2010 and 2011 with the Connecticut Sun, after spending seven years with the Sacramento Monarchs, and the first three years of her career with the Portland Fire, which folded in 2002.


Walker’s best season was in 2005, when she averaged 14.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, and was instrumental in helping the Monarchs win the WNBA title that season, during which she was selected as an All-Star reserve.

Walker has career averages of 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per games, and is described as a tough, physical presence on both ends of the floor.

In losing Phillips and Christmas, the Mystics are letting go two of the four rookies on the squad. The others are point guard Jasmine Thomas and forward Victoria Dunlap, the Mystics first round draft pick.

Christmas, the Mystics second round pick, appeared in 14 games for the Mystics this season, and was averaging 3.4 points and 10 minutes of playing time per game. Christmas has already been picked up by the Tulsa Shock. 

Phillips appeared in 10 games this season, and averaged 1.9 points in five and a half minutes of playing time per game.


Mystics Notes:

In Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game in San Antonio, forward Crystal Langhorne played 21 and a half minutes and scored five points and pulled down six rebounds as the East defeated the West 118-113.