WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington Mystics guard Stacey Dales-Schuman chose the TV studio over the basketball court, announcing her retirement from the WNBA on Wednesday after a recent increase in her role as an ESPN analyst.

``Over the past couple of seasons my passion and spirit for playing basketball has slowly diminished,'' Dales-Schuman said. ``Leaving the game is not an easy decision to make, but one that I am fully comfortable with for both myself and my family.''

Dales-Schuman joined ESPN in 2002 as a studio analyst for coverage of women's college basketball. Football and men's basketball were recently added to her network duties.

Dales-Schuman was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2002 draft from Oklahoma. She averaged 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in three seasons with the Mystics.