Reflecting the Mystics' desire to change their ways after consecutive losing seasons, Washington's season opening roster includes as many rookies as holdovers and seven new players overall. The team announced the 11-player squad on Thursday, four days before the season opener at Tulsa on May 27.
Frontcourt: Crystal Langhorne, Monique Currie, Kia Vaughn, Michelle Snow, Emma Meesseman, Jessica Moore
Backcourt: Ivory Latta, Matee Ajavon, Tayler Hill, Nadirah McKenith, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
*Starters Langhorne, Currie and Ajavon along with reserve center Snow are the familiar names. Each member of the quartet started at least 21 of Washington's 32 games last season. Langhorne led the Mystics in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (6.3) last season, followed in the respective categories by Currie (12.0 ppg) and Snow (5.4 rpg). Ajavon topped the team with 1.6 steals.
* Latta, signed this offseason to be the team's starting point guard, and frontcourt backup Jessica Moore are the other players on the roster with at least four years of WNBA experience besides the returning quartet.
*Hill, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, headlines the rookie class. All three members of Washington's draft class made the roster, beating out 2012 first round selection Natalie Novosel, who was released last week. Ruffin-Pratt, a rookie free agent, starred locally for T.C. Williams High School and was twice named All-Met Player of the Year. The Mystics waived another rookie on Thursday, guard Shey Peddy.
*Thibault stated a desire to begin the season with three centers and three capable of playing point guard. The roster is loaded with interior players including the rugged Vaughn, acquired in a trade with New York. Langhorne, Vaughn and Snow likely form the primary inside rotation, though Meeseman turned heads during the preseason with her stretch-four capabilities. As for the point guard, Latta and McKenith true floor leaders while Ajavon can play both guard spots and Ruffin-Pratt ran the offense as a senior for UNC. On the flip side, Currie is the only true small forward on the roster.