After being drafted 11th overall in the 2023 WNBA draft by the Dallas Wings, former Princeton guard Abby Meyers ’22 was given only five minutes of preseason play before being waived by the team. However, on June 20, Meyers signed a hardship contract with the Washington Mystics.
A hardship contract allows WNBA teams to sign free agents if their active roster is under the minimum required 10 players, due to injury or illness. The Mystics are in need of reinforcements after losing key players, such as center Shakira Austin due to injury.
“I think she’s a tremendous addition for us,” Mystics guard Brittney Sykes said in a video interview shared with The Daily Princetonian from the team’s public relations team. “She’s a solid player. She has great size, great IQ, [and] she’s a great person. I can’t wait to have her on the floor and go and get some wins with her.”
Meyers, a D.C. native, now has the opportunity to impress her hometown crowd.
“[Playing for the Mystics] really is a dream come true,” said Meyers in a video posted by the Mystics. “I grew up watching the Mystics play, and I am ready to help this team in any way I can.”
At Princeton, Meyers was a two-time Ivy League All-Tournament member and was named First-Team All-Ivy her senior season. In her graduate year at the University of Maryland, Meyers co-captained the Terrapins in March Madness to their first Elite Eight finish since 2015 and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.
In recent practices, Meyers has impressed her new teammates.
“I did not realize Abby was a rookie,” Mystics center Amanda Zahui explained in the video. “She is very professional and very mature, and she goes hard.”
Meyers will be joining a Mystics squad that currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with an 8–5 record.
Brian Mhando is an associate editor for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’
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