After sitting out shortened season, Washington Mystics forward LaToya Sanders retires from the WNBA

WASHINGTON -- Washington Mystics forward LaToya Sanders retired from the WNBA on Monday, two years after helping the team win a championship.

Sanders sat out the 2020 season because of concerns about the coronavirus.

The 6-foot-2 Sanders played four seasons for the Mystics, averaging 7.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 89 games. That included being a starter on the 2019 team that won the WNBA title.

"As one of the premier defensive players in the WNBA, she set a tone for our growth, improvement and maturity as a team over the past several years," Mystics general manager and coach Mike Thibault said.

Sanders, 34, will work in player development for the Mystics' ownership group.

She was a first-round draft pick by Phoenix in 2008 and appeared in 155 games for four teams across seven WNBA seasons, averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.