- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Coming off the most successful season in team history, the Washington Mystics yesterday announced they are renewing the contract of coach Marianne Stanley for two years.
Stanley commemorated the occasion by participating in a ceremony in front of Mystics fans following last night's Wizards game against Cleveland.
"I think we had a landmark season last year, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to try to stretch that out and take it a step or two further," Stanley said.
In bringing Stanley back, the organization is trying to create some consistency that it has lacked from its coaches. If she coaches the entire 2003 season, Stanley would become the team's first coach to make it through two full seasons.
Stanley led the Mystics to a 17-15 regular-season mark and an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the New York Liberty in three games.
"I think [making a playoff run] builds a sense of desire and hunger in a team, [and] that's a good thing," Stanley said.
The Mystics will have the eighth choice in the dispersal draft for players who formally played for Miami and Portland, the two clubs that folded after last season. Washington also holds the 10th pick in the college draft.
Duff Durkin



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