Angela Taylor leaves Mystics post

WASHINGTON -- Angela Taylor is leaving after two seasons as general manager of the Washington Mystics.

The Mystics went a franchise-best 22-12 in the 2010 regular season to finish with the top record in the Eastern Conference and earn a No. 1 seeding for the playoffs.

"Angela Taylor's contract has expired and we were not able to reach an agreement on a new deal to retain her as general manager," Mystics owner Sheila Johnson said in a statement released by the team Saturday.

Taylor was hired in October 2008, when the Mystics began an overhaul after going 10-24 that season, and she and coach Julie Plank helped turn around the club.

The Mystics made the playoffs in both of Taylor's seasons as GM. This year, they lost in the first round, getting swept by the Atlanta Dream.

Before coming to Washington, Taylor was vice president of business operations for the Minnesota Lynx, and also had worked in the WNBA's league office for a decade.