- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2001

The Washington Mystics approached yesterday's roster deadline needing to make just one move to meet the WNBA's roster limit. Instead, the Mystics made a trade and waived two players.

The Mystics sent guard Keisha Anderson to the Charotte Sting for center Cass Bauer-Bilodeau and waived injured center Michelle Campbell and rookie point guard Jamie Lewis.

All of the Mystics' moves yesterday were made with their post situation in mind. The trade for Bauer-Bilodeau, a 6-foot-4 former American Basketball League player, was made to get bigger on the bench. Campbell, who is rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery, would have missed a significant portion of the season.

The Mystics placed rookie forward/center Tamara Stocks on their two-player injured list. Bauer-Bilodeau, who has a nagging knee problem, may join Stocks on the injured list later in the week.

Six-foot-five center Jenny Whittle, who is playing in Europe, may join the team before Thursday's season opener at the Cleveland Rockers. If that happens, the Mystics will put Bauer-Bilodeau on the injured list and activate Whittle. For now, Whittle is on the suspended list.

"Cass fulfills our need for a post player," Mystics general manager Melissa McFerrin said. "She is a proven physical post player with veteran experience."

By trading Anderson, the Mystics will have a new point guard rotation this season, with Annie Burgess, whom the Mystics acquired in a pre-WNBA Draft trade with the Minnesota Lynx, and Brazilian Helen Luz. Anderson was the Mystics' backup last season and started nine games.

The 5-6 Luz gives the Mystics a deadly perimeter shooter. Luz, who signed with the Mystics as a free agent, speaks little English but lets her shot do the talking. The catch-and-release shooter averaged 8.8 points for Brazil during the Sydney Olympics.

The Mystics' season-opening roster will feature five guards and six frontcourt players. The rest of the Mystics' backcourt contains no surprises in Markita Aldridge, Nikki McCray and rookie Coco Miller. Both Aldridge and Miller can play point guard if an emergency develops.

Inside, the Mystics have forwards Chamique Holdsclaw, Murriel Page and Tonya Washington and centers Vicky Bullett, Tausha Mills and Bauer-Bilodeau.

Bauer-Bilodeau played the past two seasons for the Sting. Last year, Bauer-Bilodeau appeared in 29 games and averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. In 1999, she averaged 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in 25 games.

Before joining the WNBA, Bauer-Bilodeau had a well-traveled ABL career. She played for the Columbus Quest (1996-97), Long Beach Stingrays (1997-98) and Philadelphia Rage (1998-99). Bauer-Bilodeau finished as the ABL's all-time free throw shooting leader at 87.5 percent (147-for-168).

The Mystics also placed French guard Audrey Sauret and Australian forward Belinda Snell on a suspended list. Both players are playing in Europe and won't become available until mid-June.


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