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Mystics start training camp looking to build on last year’s WNBA semifinals appearance

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After a long offseason, the Mystics are back in Washington for training camp.

The Mystics’ training camp started today on April 30. But many Mystics players were already in D.C. last week for scrimmages.

So here’s a catch up of what the Mystics have been up to since Draft Day.

Training Camp Signings

The 2018 WNBA Draft picks: Ariel Atkins, Myisha Hines-Allen, and Rebecca Greenwell were all signed last week. But they also signed some more players for training camp.

  • Tinara Moore - She is a 6’3 forward from Central Michigan, where she was the 2018 MAC Player of the Year. The 30-5 Chippewas also made a Sweet 16 appearance in this year’s NCAA Tournament after beating LSU and Ohio State in the first two rounds. Moore averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. Though the WNBA three point line is further back, Moore has potential to be a stretch forward since she made 14 of 45 threes (31.1 percent) last season.
  • AJ Alix - Alix is a 5’6 guard who averaged 11.4 points and 6.3 assists a game in the 2017-18 season for the Florida State Seminoles after playing three seasons at TCU. At TCU, Alix shot nearly 40 percent from three, and still shot 36.7 percent from three last season. She will be an interesting addition to camp with Natasha Cloud and Kristi Toliver also on the roster.
  • Tanaya Atkinson - Atkinson is a 6’0 guard/forward from Temple. In her senior season, she averaged 22.4 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. She is also the second player in Owls history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career.

Who won’t be at the start of training camp

Kristi Toliver and LaToya Sanders are playing the Russian PBL Finals for UMMC Ekaterinburg against Dynamo Kursk last weekend.

UMMC Ekaterinburg won the EuroLeague Women title this year with Emma Meesseman winning the Final Four MVP award. Meesseman will miss this season to rest and practice with the Belgian national team this summer.

Krystal Thomas will probably not make it because Mersin is in the KBSL playoffs, It is going to take some time to travel back, get settled, etc. Also, it’s not like Thomas’ spot is in danger. She had a breakout season in 2017. Asia Taylor is also still overseas because she is with Turkish side Mersin Gellisim at the moment.

Finally, Rebecca Greenfeld, the Mystics’ 2018 third round draft pick was put on the suspended list last Friday. She suffered an apparent left leg injury based on an Instagram post (she is second to the left):

I don’t know who’s cuter, my dates or my flower leg brace?

A post shared by Becca Greenwell (@bgreenwell23) on


Elena Delle Donne caught up with former United States Vice President Joe Biden on the golf course.

Mike Thibault and the coaching staff had a chance to tour the new arena they’ll play in starting in the 2019 season:

And going back to golf, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also hung out at the golf course last Friday. It was her first time on the fairways.

These aren’t even close to all of the links out there on the Mystics. Looking forward to seeing how training camp shapes out.

The Mystics play their first preseason game next Sunday, May 6 against the Minnesota Lynx in Des Moines, Iowa. Tip off is at 3:30 p.m. ET.