- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2003

The Washington Mystics could play their home opener without their best player.

Chamique Holdsclaw, the Mystics’ four-time All-Star forward, strained her right hamstring during yesterday’s practice and is listed as day-to-day for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Rockers at MCI Center.

Holdsclaw, the WNBA’s leading rebounder (15.0), fifth-leading shot-blocker (1.67) and 11th-best scorer (16.3), will have an MRI taken to determine the severity of her injury.

“I don’t want to speculate, I’m not a doctor,” Mystics coach Marianne Stanley said when asked how long she thinks Holdsclaw will be out. “The strain is significant enough to warrant an MRI. We’ll know more in the morning.”

Stanley said Holdsclaw was injured while doing full-court one-on-one drills. Holdsclaw made a move with the ball and felt a pull. If Holdsclaw cannot play against the Rockers (1-1), forward Asjha Jones most likely will start in her place for the Mystics (1-2).

Last season, Holdsclaw missed 12 games because of two high ankle sprains and personal reasons and the Mystics went 6-6 without her. Holdsclaw, who led the WNBA last season in scoring (19.9) and rebounding (11.6), started this season with a bang when she set an WNBA record with 24 rebounds in the Mystics’ season-opening 74-70 win at Charlotte.

In the following game, a 71-60 loss to the Indiana Fever, Holdsclaw surpassed two milestones when she became just the 14th player in WNBA history to reach 2,000 points and the ninth to record 1,000 rebounds.

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