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  • **FILE ** Washington Mystics rookie Jasmine Thomas, shown in college on March 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Mystics lose in a blowout, 96-68 to the L.A. Sparks

    Jasmine Thomas shook her head as she talked about the first time the Mystics and the Sparks met this season.

  • Los Angeles Sparks forward Alana Beard cheers from the bench after sparks went over 100 points during the second half of a WNBA basketball game San Antonio Silver Stars, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 101-77. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

    Alana Beard fired up playing for Sparks

    Alana Beard was the cornerstone of the franchise in six of her eight seasons in Washington. A four-time All-Star and one of the league's marquee players, her time with the Mystics came to an unfulfilling end last offseason when she left as a free agent and joined the Los Angeles Sparks.

  • Washington Mystics' Matee Ajavon averaged 14.7 points per game last season and 3.1 assists. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Ajavon's big game for Mystics goes by wayside

    Matee Ajavon sat in front of her locker, trying to keep her head up. Ajavon had played two outstanding games in a row but the second one proved to be another agonizing fourth-quarter loss.

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    Mystics' Beard to miss rest of '11 season

    Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard will miss the rest of the 2011 season, the team announced Wednesday.

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    Mystics' hope took a hit after 3-11 start to season

    The Washington Mystics entered this season with a great deal of hope after finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season (22-12) and making the playoffs, even though they lost in the first round.

  • Mystics contend with inexperienced bench

    Among a new head coach, Alana Beard's nagging foot injury and the addition of four rookies to an already young rotation, it's not surprising that the Washington Mystics have faced an uphill battle early in the season.

  • Miller brings a calming influence to youthful Mystics

    With the Washington Mystics in a three-game funk, the end of Monday's practice was coach Trudi Lacey's way of getting back to basics. Players scattered around the practice court and shot 50 free throws apiece, a small effort to improve the third-worst free throw percentage in the WNBA.

  • Washington Mystics' Crystal Langhorne, center passes while guarded by Connecticut Sun's DeMya Walker, left, and Kelsey Griffin, right, during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mystics try to get to .500 against the Sun

    The Mystics have an early chance at redemption against the Connecticut Sun, the team that handed them their first loss of the season, 89-73 on June 4, when they face them again at Verizon Center on Thursday.

  • Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard was sidelined for the 2010 season with an Achilles' tendon injury, and she's already day to day for the beginning of the 2011 season  with an injury to the same left foot and ankle. Beard missed the Mystics' first game of the season and is also due to be sit out the second one in Atlanta as well. (Associated Press)

    With Alana Beard still sidelined, Mystics limp into Atlanta

    Gritting her teeth through obvious frustration, a nagging injury and endless questions, Mystics all-star guard Alana Beard spent most of practice Wednesday on the sideline, riding the bike and wishing she was on the court with her teammates.

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