Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson were teammates at UConn where they won two straight NCAA championships. Now they're teammates for the Washington Mystics. - NBA Images

2013-2014 Washington Mystics Offseason: Dolson & Hartley headline D.C.'s 2014 Rookie Class

In the 2013-14 offseason, the Washington Mystics have decided to blow up the foundation of their team. They acquired veteran guard Kara Lawson from the Connecticut Sun in a three team deal that sent Matee Ajavon to Atlanta. They also made a draft day deal to acquire former UConn guard Bria Hartley, the seventh overall pick of the 2014 Draft and sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins from the Seattle Storm in exchange for Crystal Langhorne. With their first round pick in the 2014 Draft, the Mystics selected former UConn center Stefanie Dolson sixth overall which further showed their commitment to youth in order to build a contending team for the future.

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Seattle more desperate in road win over D.C.

Here are some quick thoughts of Saturday's game between the Washington Mystics and the Seattle Storm.


Storm beat Mystics 73-65 for first win

The outcome of the Storm's visit to D.C. wasn't necessarily determined by Crystal Langhorne, but on a poor shooting night for the Mystics she was obviously one of the significant storylines in Seattle's first win of the 2014 season.


Lynx beat Mystics in season opener

The Washington Mystics fell behind big time early, but they fought back and had a one point lead at one point in the fourth quarter. The Minnesota Lynx then took care of business from there and won 89-77.


Mystics steal one against the Fever, 81-80

The Washington Mystics are still undefeated for the preseason after a character win led by their reserves.


Could the Mystics' home opener be in conflict?

The NBA Playoffs, along with one of the music industry's most popular artists could create conflict with the Washington Mystics on May 16, the date of their home opener.


Stefanie Dolson to appear on Tonight Show

Awesome news for UConn fans, the Washington Mystics, and the WNBA as a whole.

And while we're discussing the Tonight Show, you really need to see Brian Williams rapping Gin & Juice.


Links on the Mystics' 2014 Draft Day

Because we had to put up Hartley's and Dolson's picture holding up a Mystics jersey.


Breaking down the Mystics' 2014 Draft Night

The Washington Mystics' moves during the 2014 WNBA Draft reflect the organization's commitment to creating a young core unit for the future.


Round 3, Pick 8: Mystics select Kody Burke

With the 32nd pick in the draft, the Washington Mystics selected Kody Burke.

And she could be yet another late steal for this team.

Wows: I'm not sure there's much Burke can't do and she did it at every moment with such gusto that she actually managed to catch my eye while watching N.C. State for Markeisha Gatling. Her biggest WNBA asset is probably her ability to shoot the three, which she made at a 32.8% clip...better than some stretch four types drafted ahead of her.

Wonders: With Crystal Langhorne traded, how much of a chance does Burke have to make it now?

Worries: Despite all of the above, Burke was not particularly efficient as a scorer and that's always a concern, even if she did spend significant time away from the paint.

For a bit more on what Burke might offer the Mystics, check out our analysis of her role in N.C. State's success in a mid-season analysis.


Round 3, Pick 6: Washington drafts Carley Mijovic

I defer to those who know a bit more about international prospects.


Mystics acquire Hartley and Hawkins from Seattle

The Washington Mystics have acquired rookie guard Bria Hartley, the 7th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins from the Seattle Storm in exchange for veteran All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne in a draft-day deal.


Round 1, Pick 6: Mystics select Stefanie Dolson

The Washington Mystics have selected UConn's Stefanie Dolson with the sixth pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

Wows: Stefanie Dolson is arguably the best passing center who has entered the draft in the last decade. With her ability to pass and score from the high post at 6-foot-5 – including a developing three point shot – she's a rare style of player in the women's pro basketball sphere. Defensively, she has hardware saying she's the nation's best and her improved shot blocking ability will help her establish a presence in the paint.

Wonders: How well will she score in the WNBA? She wasn't a high-usage scorer at UConn and in the past most centers see an even lower usage rate once they get to the pros. She has better range than some recent centers in the league, but it will be interesting to see how she's used offensively and whether she'll end up being more of a low-usage facilitator.

Worries: Dolson was not an exceptional offensive rebounder in college and it will be interesting to see how well she does on the boards in the pros.

For more on Dolson, check out our prospect profile with more about her potential.


Swish Appeal Community Mock Draft: Pick #6

You get to decide as a community who the Washington Mystics should select at #6.


Kara Lawson tweets about her trade from the Connecticut Sun to the Washington Mystics


What does Kara Lawson's acquisition mean for DC?

Kara Lawson is now reunited with Mike Thibault in the nation's capital. What does it mean for the Mystics?


Ajavon to Atlanta, Lawson to Washington

Atlanta, Washington and Connecticut shuffle players in a three-way trade sure to turn heads.


Hypothetical Kara Lawson to Mystics trade comes to fruition

The Connecticut Sun, Atlanta Dream, and Washington Mystics have completed a three-way exchange in which Kara Lawson was sent to D.C., Alex Bentley to Connecticut, and Matee Ajavon to Atlanta. After reports out of Connecticut that Lawson would be traded, Albert posted his thoughts on Lawson coming to the Mystics back in December - click here to read his previous thoughts on that part of the (then-hypothetical) acquisition.


Chicago Sky to host preseason game in Delaware

The Chicago Sky announced that the team will host a preseason game against the Washington Mystics at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM ET.  Sky forward Elena Delle Donne went to the University of Delaware for her college basketball career, so this will give her a homecoming of sorts.

The Washington Mystics announced that there will be a bus trip arranged for their fans to attend the game.

Both teams will also start their regular seasons on the following Friday, May 16 and with good story lines.  The Sky will host the Indiana Fever which will be a rematch of a first round playoff match last year between the teams.  The Mystics will host the Minnesota Lynx, the defending WNBA Champions.  Last year, the Mystics defeated the Lynx in their two regular season matches, which was the highest point in their season.


Hypothetical: Does Kara Lawson fit in DC?

Let some hypothetical talk begin!


DC's Tayler Hill expecting first child in May

Today, the Washington Mystics announced that guard Tayler Hill is pregnant with her first child. She will be expecting her child next May.


Washington Mystics 2013-2014 Offseason

The Washington Mystics had a remarkable turnaround from 2012 to 2013 and were one of the league's pleasant surprise stories along with the Seattle Storm. Now, the Mystics are in an important offseason regarding how they can improve their long term future.

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