Swanier Released, Moore Signed, Sveta On Hold

by Categorized: Jessica Moore, Ketia Swanier, Mike Thibault, Svetlana Abrosimova, Washington Mystics, WNBA Date:

If you missed this late Tuesday, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream released veteran guard Ketia Swanier, a former UConn point guard and No. 1 draft pick of the Connecticut Sun in 2008. Swanier has played for Connecticut, Phoenix and Atlanta in her five seasons.

Her playing time began to decrease last season. She played in 34 games for the Dream, a two-time defending Eastern Conference champion. But she averaged only 2.2 points. The Dream made two key moves in the offseason that impacted Swanier, trading for Jasmine Thomas and drafting Penn State’s Alex Bentley.

Meanwhile, I exchanged Twitter messages with Svetlana Abrosimova yesterday and she reiterated that she has not retired from the WNBA, only the Russian National team.

Sveta is back in Russia training and waiting.

“I am in great shape,” she said. “But as of yet, I do not have any offers from the WNBA.”

And the Washington Mystics have signed free agent center Jessica Moore, another former UConn and Sun player, Moore was with the Sun last season and was a favorite of Mike Thibault, now the coach and GM of the Mystics. Moore played in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Brazil national team in Washington.

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