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Leilani Mitchell #5 Guard

Leilani Mitchell

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Background

CAREER CAPSULE:
Named Most Improved Player for the 2010 season ... Led the in assists per turnover ratio (2.92) in 2009 ... Ranks fifth in franchise history in assists (506) ... Made four career postseason appearances ... Selected in the second round (25th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft.

2012: Appeared in 34 games with 25 starts ... Averaged 6.5 points and 3.0 assists per game ... Scored in double-figures in nine games ... Led the Liberty shooting 41.1 percent from three-point range (53-of-129) ... Tied for first on the team with 53 made three-pointers and second with 103 assists ... Made fourth career playoff appearance.

2011: Started in 30 game ... Averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds ... Registered a career-high, scoring 24.0 points (@MIN, 9/2) ... Led the Liberty with most three-point field goals made in a game with six (@MIN, 9/2).

2010: Started in 24 games ... Averaged 9.3 points and 3.8 assists per game ... Scored 10-plus points 14 times ... Averaged Led the team in three-point field-goal percentage (48.6) and second in three-point field goals made (72) ... Recipient of Most Improved Player of the Year award.

2009: Appeared in 34 games with two starts ... Averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game ... Led the team in assists six times and rebounds once ... Finished sophomore campaign, leading the WNBA in assists per turnover ratio (2.92).

2008: Appeared in 34 games with five starts ... Ranked second in the WNBA for assists per turnover (2.49) ... Scored in double figures twice and led the team in assists nine times.

COLLEGE:
Averaged 16.8 ppg, 7.5 apg and 4.1 rpg at Utah in senior season en route to 2008 NCAA Tournament bid ... Sat out 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules ... While at Idaho, named honorable mention All-America 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).

Personal

Leilani Seamah Mitchell was born in Richland, WA to Dennis Mitchell and the late Ellie Majid ... Sister to Travis, Reggie, Tyler, Troy and Robbie ... 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 sports movie is Remember The Titans ... Favorite singer is Usher ... Guiltiest pleasure is candy.

Career Transactions

Selected by Phoenix with the 25th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft ... Acquired rights via trade with Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the Liberty’s 2009 third round Draft pick on May 7, 2008.