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Leilani Mitchell's Bio

About Leilani Mitchell

WNBA CAREER

Completed her ninth WNBA season and second with the Mercury in 2017…played the first six seasons of her career with the Liberty (2008-2013)…did not play in the WNBA in 2014 and only appeared in 10 games in 2016 with Washington after missing majority of season due to Olympics

Owns career averages of 5.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 282 career games and 138 career starts

Career 39.5-percent three-point shooter, which is the fourth-best three-point percentage among active players and 16th-best all-time…led league in three-point shooting percentage in 2010 (.486)

Ranked second in the league in three-point makes (72) in 2010, trailing only Diana Taurasi who hit 80

Ranks ninth among active players for most three-point field goals in WNBA history with 324…ranks 28th overall all-time

Scored a career-high 25 points at Indiana on June 12, 2015…knocked down a career-best seven three-pointers in the game

Named WNBA Most Improved Player for the 2010 season after a breakout year that saw her average 9.3 points and 3.8 assists, while shooting 44.1-percent from the field and a league-leading 48.6-percent from three-point range

Has appeared in all 34 games in eight of the nine years she has been in the league  (2008-2015, 2017)…played in 10 games for Washington in 2016 after missing majority of the season due to the Olympics

Led the league in assists to turnover ratio (2.92) in 2009

Has made six playoff appearances in her career (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)…career playoff averages of 6.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 25 games

Selected in the second round (25th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury…Acqiured by New York via trade with Phoenix in exchange for the Liberty’s 2009 third round draft pick on May 7, 2008…later signed as a free agent by the Mercury as a free agent on February 4, 2015

 

2017 SEASON

One-of-five Mercury players to appear in all 34 games…started in seven games, including the final three of the regular season

Scored in double-figures in 14 games this season, including eight of the first 10 games to begin the year…finished in double-figures in a career-best seven-straight games from May 17-June 7

Scored a season-high 19 points off the bench on May 27 against Dallas…finished four-of-six (66.7-percent) from three-point range…added four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the game

Finished the season with averages of 8.0 ppg and 3.6 apg…both were her highest averages since 2017 when she averaged 9.3 points and 3.8 assists per game

Finished 14th in the WNBA in assists per game (3.6) and 12th in total assists (121)

Dished five or more assists in 14 games on the season…recorded four or more assists in 19 games

Recorded a season-high eight assists on August 4 at Connecticut…also scored 17 points in the game

Finished with 80 rebounds in 2017, the third-most rebounds she’s collected in a season (88 in 2010, 84 in 2012)

Grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds on June 18 at Los Angeles…finished with a season-high seven boards in the game

Recorded a career-best 10 blocks on the season…previous high was six in 2010

Averaged playoff career highs in points per game (15.0) and assists per game (3.8) in five Playoff games

Scored a playoff career-high 19 points at Los Angeles on September 12 in Game 1 of the WNBA Semifinals…previous high was 14 on September 29, 2008

Also set playoff career highs in field goals (5 – twice), field goal attempts (10), three-point field goals (5), three-point field goal attempts (7), free throws (6), free throw attempts (6) and defensive rebounds (6) in 2017

2016 SEASON

Missed the first 24 games of the WNBA season to train with the Australian national team and to compete for the Opals in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Signed with the Washington Mystics following the Olympics and appeared in 10 games

Scored in all but two of the 10 games she appeared in

Scored a season-high 20 points on Sept. 7 vs. Chicago…Shot 70-percent from the field, including converting on five of her seven three-point attempts…also dished a season-high four assists in the game

Finished the season with averages of 5.9 ppg and 1.9 apg in 10 games

Recorded three or more assists in five of the 10 games played in

COLLEGE CAREER

Averaged 16.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds at Utah in senior season en route to a 2008 NCAA Tournament bid

Sat out 2006-07 season after transferring from Idaho to Utah

While at Idaho, named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the WBCA, and was one of 11 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s top point guard

Left Idaho with the school’s career record for steals (323) and also a single-game record for three-pointers (seven)

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

Spent the 2016-17 WNBA offseason with Sydney of the WNBL in Australia…Led Sydney to the WNBL title after leading the league in assists per game (6.0) and ranked seventh in scoring (16.0 ppg)

Member of the 2016 Australian national team that competed in the Rio Olympics

Spent the 2015-16 with the Adelaide Lightning of the WNBL in Australia…averaged team highs in points per game (17.4) and assists per game (5.2)

Spent the 2014-15 season with Sydney of the WNBL in Australia…led the league in assists per game with 5.6…averaged a team-high 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds

Played with Australia in the 2014 FIBA World Championships for women…was her first stint on the national team and won a bronze medal

Played the 2013-14 season with Dandenong of the WNBL in Australia…averaged 11.9 points and a team-high 5.4 assists while shooting 45.3-percent from the field and 41.1-percent from three-point range

Also has played professionally in Croatia and France

PERSONAL

Leilani Stamah Mitchell was born in Richland, Wash. to Dennis Mitchell and the late Ellie Majid

Sister to Travis, Reggie, Tyler, Troy and Robbie

Born in the United States, but holds dual citizenship with Australia, which is the native country of her mother

Family consumer studies major at Utah

Enjoys swimming and mountain biking

Following her playing days, hopes to coach or teach

Favorite food is curry chicken and rice

Favorite singer is Usher

Guiltiest pleasure is candy

Favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans

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