The Washington Mystics add All-Star Nicky Anosike from the Minnesota Lynx to their roster.
The Lynx will receive the Mystics’ first round pick in the 2012 WNBA draft.
“We are thrilled to sign a player of Nicky’s caliber,” said Lacey. “She will be an excellent addition to our team and give us the low post presence we have been missing. Nicky’s experience both at the collegiate and professional levels as well her skill set brings a dimension to our team that is unprecedented. ”
A 6-3 forward/center, Anosike was drafted in the second round (16th overall) of the 2008 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Last season, she played 31 games and averaged 9.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The 2009 season was a stellar year for Anosike, as she led the Lynx in scoring (13.2 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.7 spg) and blocked shots (.93 bpg) to become one of only two late round draft picks to be named to the All-Star team since 2001.
Suspended by the Lnyx in 2010 for refusing to play the final games of the season, the standout player from the University of Tennessee won back-to-back National Championships (2007 & 2008) and was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Teams. In addition to earning All-American and All-SEC honors throughout her collegiate career, Anosike was named the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year for her dedication to her community and her studies.
Washington added to its training camp roster forwards Megan Frazee and former Mystic Bernice Mosby. Frazee was drafted in the 2009 (14th overall) by the San Antonio Silver Stars and averaged 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game during her rookie season. She was sidelined for the 2010 season due to a knee injury but spent the recent off-season playing in Turkey where she averaged 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Mosby returns to the Mystics after playing in Poland where she recorded 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She was drafted by Washington in the first round of the 2007 (sixth overall) WNBA draft. During her three years with the Mystics, she averaged 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
During this year's WNBA Draft, The Lynx chose the No. 1 overall pick UConn's Maya Moore.
The Washington Mystics will tip off their 14th season on Saturday, June 4, on the road against the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m. Washington’s home opener at Verizon Center is Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. against the Chicago Sky. Season and group tickets for the 2011 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics website atwww.washingtonmystics.com. Individual tickets for the Mystics season will go on sale on April 11.
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