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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Plenty of debuts in Washington/LA game

It was all about long-awaited season debuts in the nationally-televised Washington/Los Angeles WNBA game tonight.

Former UConn star Bria Hartley, who has been sidelined with a stress reaction in her foot, saw her first action of the season with the winning Mystics. Hartley finished with six points in six minutes in Washington's 84-80 victory.

Nneka Ogwumike, who injured her ankle in a preseason game against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena, also saw her first regular-season action of the season. Ogwumike played 36 minutes and finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists before fouling out (on a silly play around the free throw line in the backcourt).

One surprise was seeing the name of UConn graduate assistant coach Jasmine Lister in the box score. Lister, who starred at Vanderbilt, went to training camp with the Seattle Storm last year before being cut. Brian Agler, who was the Seattle coach at the time and now is the head coach with Los Angeles, obviously made a positive impression on Agler as she was signed to fill a void in the LA backcourt caused by the injuries to Erin Phillips and Alana Beard as well as Kristi Toliver on her way back to the U.S. after playing for the Slovak Republic in the Eurobasket Championships. Lister had four points, four rebounds and one assist in eight minutes in her first WNBA regular-season game.

Former UConn star Stefanie Dolson chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks for Washington.

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