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Washington Mystics general manager and then-head coach Mike Thibault stands with his arms crossed and a slight frown as he watches a game unfold.

What the Washington Mystics were looking for in free agency after two stars departed

By Jenn Hatfield / April 12, 2024

Mike Thibault: ‘We felt we needed to … reenergize ourselves’

Washington Mystics players Abby Meyers, Cyesha Goree, Linnae Harper and Elena Delle Donne stand and celebrate on the bench during a game. Meyers is shouting, and Delle Donne has her right hand in the air making the 3-point sign.

How Washington Mystics’ hardship players have seized an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

By Jenn Hatfield / August 4, 2023

Hard knock life? More like hardships life for the Mystics lately

Washington Mystics players put their hands together in a huddle. Point guard Natasha Cloud addresses the group.

What’s been going wrong with the Washington Mystics’ defense?

By Jenn Hatfield / July 23, 2023

Once the best defensive team in the WNBA, the Mystics have gotten away from that identity since Shakira Austin’s injury

Five Los Angeles Sparks players wrap their arms around each other's waists as they huddle.

Los Angeles Sparks search for right combinations amid key absences

By David Mendez-Yapkowitz / July 8, 2023

Sparks are trying to hang in there until they get healthy — but they may be down another player on Sunday

Washington Mystics guard Abby Meyers looks up and smiles as the arena is dark for the team's pregame festivities.

‘She was hunting’: Inside Abby Meyers’ two weeks with the Washington Mystics

By Jenn Hatfield / July 6, 2023

‘It’s just still a surreal experience having this jersey on’

Washington Mystics center/forward Shakira Austin holds the ball in front of her at waist height as she warms up for a game. She is wearing a black warm-up shirt that reads, "Own your legacy."

How Shakira Austin’s hip injury changes things for Washington Mystics

By Jenn Hatfield / June 27, 2023

‘A huge, huge loss on both sides of the ball’