- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2002

THEWASHINGTONTIMES
The Washington Mystics yesterday announced their 2002 schedule, which includes playing host to the league All-Star Game at MCI Center.
The Mystics open the season June 1 at home against Orlando and play the seven other Eastern Conference teams three times each. They play three Western Conference teams twice and five others once for 32 games. They will appear on national television twice (June 7 vs. Indiana on ESPN, July 13 vs. New York on NBC). The Mystics' home schedule features 10 Friday or weekend games.
The Mystics are coming off a 10-22 season after which coach Tom Maher and general manager Melissa McFerrin did not return. For the first time, the Mystics will play without Olympic team guard Nikki McCray, who was traded to Indiana Dec. 5. In return, the Mystics got veteran forward Angie Braziel and two draft picks, including the No. 4 choice overall.
The All-Star Game will be preceded by a free fan festival July 14, the day before the game. Season ticket holders receive first priority and a 10 percent discount on All-Star Game tickets, which go on sale to the public June 1.


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