The Washington Times - August 26, 2012, 12:56PM

The struggling Washington Mystics made a roster move on Sunday, signing free agent forward Iziane Castro Marquez.

Castro Marquez missed the first half of the WNBA season due to her commitment to play for the Brazilian National team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She also represented Brazil in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.


Now in her tenth season, Castro Marquez began her career as a free agent with the now-defunct Miami Sol, where she spent one season, followed by one season with the Phoenix Mercury. She then played for the Seattle Storm for three seasons and the Atlanta Dream for four.

Castro Marquez, a six-foot guard-forward, has career averages of 10.0 points per game, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

To make room for Castro Marquez, the Mystics released guard Natasha Lacy, who signed with the Mystics at the beginning of this season. Lacy appeared in 20 games for the Mystics this season, and averaged 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.