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Jacinta Monroe's recovery proceeds on schedule

Rookie forward Jacinta Monroe, who fractured her left hand in the Mystics' 65-61 win against Chicago on June 19, said her recovery is on schedule and plans on returning to action in a "couple weeks, hopefully."

Monroe, who was picked sixth overall in the 2010 draft, underwent surgery on the fractured hand on June 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She said she has been to do some ball-handling and light shooting in addition to strength work while rehabbing.

"It's really tough, but it happens, it's a part of the game," Monroe said of the injury. "I just got to stay positive and use it as motivation and as time for me to get stronger and get better off the court so when I get on the court I'm more confident."

Since Monroe has been sidelined, the Mystics have gone 6-3 with just nine healthy players -- Alana Beard, who is out for the entire season, is also on the 11-person roster. The Florida State product hopes she can provide Washington's post players some rest and contribute down the stretch in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

"Everybody's holding their own, you saw it today," she said. "Twelve points from Chas [Melvin] and Crystal [Langhorne] and Nakia [Sanford] holding it down in the middle. So they're holding their own but hopefully I can jump in and give them some rest because they've been going hard for a long time."

By Jorge Castillo  |  July 22, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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