RMU Women’s Basketball: Artemis Spanou Headed To Washington Mystics WNBA Training Camp


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Robert Morris University women’s basketball player Artemis Spanou is ready to take her talents to the next level as she has been invited to attend the preseason training camp of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

She attended a ProHoops Combine during the NCAA Women’s Final Four and impressed a group of pro scouts and coaches while earning one of 20 all-star spots at the combine.

The 6-foot-2 forward has entered her name into the Colonials history books as she is the holder for 14 of 17 Robert Morris career records. Back in February, she set three single-game records in RMU’s 101-95 double overtime victory against St. Francis-Brooklyn. Her 39 points, 19 free throws, and 23 free-throw attempts were all team records.

The two-time Northeast Conference player of the year is one of just seven Division I players in history to tally over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 blocks. In fact, the native of Rhodes, Greece, ranks fifth all-time in rebounds with a total of 1,563 and she is third in NCAA history in double-doubles with 86.

Washington is coached by Mike Thibault, reigning WNBA Coach of the Year. The Mystics, who went 17-17 last season, will begin their preseason camp on Monday, April 28, with a total of 15 players eligible to be in camp at any one time. The squad’s final roster will consist of 12 players.

In addition to Spanou, the Mystics also signed Duke University forward Haley Peters, North Carolina State forward Kody Burke, James Madison University guard Kirby Burkholder, University of Akron forward Rachel Tecca, and University of Texas-El Paso forward Kayla Thornton to training camp contracts.

Washington selected 6-5 center Stefanie Dolson from the National Champion University of Connecticut Huskies in the first round of the 2014 WNBA draft. The Port Jervis, New York, native was the sixth pick overall. The draft was held on April 14 at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

During the draft, the Mystics were also busy making deals, and acquired forward Tianna Hawkins and guard Bria Hartley from the Seattle Storm in exchange for forward Crystal Langhorne.

The Washington Mystics will commence their three game preseason schedule on Monday, May 5 at the Indiana Fever. They will open the regular season on Friday, May 16 against the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.