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Jasmine Thomas shook her head as she talked about the first time the Mystics and the Sparks met this season.
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.
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.
Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard will miss the rest of the 2011 season, the team announced Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.