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Aerial Powers's Bio

About Aerial Powers

NOTABLE

  • WNBA Champion (2019)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team (2016)

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Chosen by Dallas in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2016 WNBA Draft… Signed to a three-year contract on Apr. 19, 2016… Dallas exercised her 2019 contract option on Jan. 5, 2018… Acquired by Washington from Dallas on July 23, 2018 in exchange for Tayler Hill and a 2nd-round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft… Signed by Washington to a one-year contract extension on May 15, 2019… Signed by Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year contract on Feb. 15, 2021.

 

2021 SEASON

Limited to 14 games (seven starts) in her sixth WNBA campaign and first with the Lynx, missing five (May 28-June 8) with a strained left hamstring and 13 (June 15-Aug. 19) after suffering a torn UCL in her right thumb June 12 vs. Los Angeles; she underwent surgery on June 18… Averaged 13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.1 apg in 22.0 mpg, hitting 42.7% from the field, 31.4% (11-for-35) from three-point range and 91.7% (ranking 2nd in the WNBA) from the line… Tallied 20+ points four times in her final six games, capped by a career-high 27-point effort (in a season-high 32:52) in the Sept. 19 finale at Washington… Averaged 18.8 ppg (52.6%) in those six while boosting her accuracy to 42.9% from long distance and 92.3% from the line… The six assists and seven TOs May 20 vs. Seattle are career highs… Debuted with a team-high 18 points (one of four times she was Minnesota’s top scorer) and season-high six rebounds May 14 vs. Phoenix.

 

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

2020: Saw her fifth season curtailed by a hamstring injury suffered vs. New York on Aug. 7 that sidelined her for Washington’s final 16 contests… Tallied 16.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.50 spg in six starts (29.8 mpg), hitting 46.4% from the field, 34.6% from three-point range and 83.3% from the line… Scored the 1000th point of her WNBA career in the July 30 win vs. Seattle… Erupted for a career-high 27 points July 28 vs. Connecticut… 2019: Averaged 11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.5 apg while logging 19.8 mpg in 30 outings, shooting 43.4% from the field, 36.2% (42-for-116) from beyond the arc and 86.7% (85-for-98) from the FT line… Made seven starts (with the Mystics going 6-1) and averaged 16.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.4 apg while hitting 43.4% from the floor, 44.2% from long distance and 90.0% from the line… Netted 20 points in a career-high 36:25 vs. Minnesota on Aug. 11… Scored a season-high 24 points July 7 at Los Angeles and handed out a career-best five assists Aug. 23 at Chicago… 2018: Split her third WNBA season between Dallas and Washington, having been acquired by the Mystics on July 23 in exchange for Tayler Hill and a 2nd-round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft… Saw action in 24 games overall, averaging a combined 6.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 14.4 mpg while hitting 39.3% from the field and 87.0% from the line… Added 5.1 ppg (34.1%) and 2.3 rpg in nine postseason appearances for Washington, including an 18-point, eight-rebound effort Aug. 31 vs. Atlanta… Pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds (adding 10 points) Aug. 17 vs. Los Angeles, and tallied a season-best 18 points July 10 vs. Phoenix… 2017: Played in the final 12 contests, having been sidelined for the first 22 following offseason hip surgery and a subsequent sprained ankle… Tallied 10.8 ppg (33.9%), 4.2 rpg and 1.5 apg in 20.3 mpg… Collected a season-high 23 points and a career-best three blocks July 30 at Los Angeles, one of six double-figure nights… 2016: Averaged 10.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 32 contests (19.2 mpg) en route to earning WNBA All-Rookie Team honors… Ranked 3rd among first-year players in scoring, 3rd in steals (1.03 spg), 3rd in three-point accuracy (36.8%) and 2nd in FT accuracy (83.5%) while shooting 39.4% from the field overall… Notched her first career double-double by posting season highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds Sept. 4 vs. Washington… Made her first career start July 9 at Minnesota, finishing with nine points; she tallied 20 points at Minnesota on June 4.

 

PLAYOFFS

2019: Contributed 7.6 ppg (45.1%) and 3.3 rpg in nine postseason contests as Washington captured its first WNBA championship…Reached double figures four times… Scored a 2019 playoff-high 15 points on 10/6 at Connecticut… 2018: Added 5.1 ppg (34.1%) and 2.3 rpg in nine postseason appearances for Washington, including an 18-point, eight-rebound effort Aug. 31 vs. Atlanta… 2017: Led Dallas with 21 points (in 24 minutes) in the Sept. 6 playoff loss at Washington.

 

INTERNATIONAL

2015: Won a gold medal at the World University Games in Seoul, South Korea… Averaged a team-high 18.0 ppg (51.4%) and 7.2 rpg in six contests, capped by a 27-point, nine-rebound effort in the championship game vs. Canada.

 

COLLEGE

Declared for the draft after her redshirt junior year and was eligible as she was 22 years of age…First three-time All-Big Ten First Team honoree in MSU history… Excelled in just three seasons of action, having missed true frosh season of 2012-13 with torn left Achilles tendon suffered in practice (10/26/12)… All-America Third Team (AP, espnW) and one of 15 finalists for Wooden Award as national player of the year in her junior season… Ranked 4th in Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a near double-double… Scored career-high 45 pts in 114-106 win over Minnesota in which the Gophers’ Rachel Banham tallied 52 on Feb. 22… First-Team All-Big Ten… Paced MSU in points and rebounds (2nd in Big Ten in both categories), as well as steals (5th in conf.) and blocks…First Spartan freshman to claim First-Team All-Big Ten honors. Started all 33 games and led team in points, boards and steals Earned career averages of 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in 31.2 minutes…Has 47 career double-doubles making her the all-time MSU career double-double record holder …Became the first Spartan to earn First-Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman…MSU’s co-recipients of the Player of the Year and Spartan Hustle Awards, and also received the Best Rebounder Award at the team banquet in 2014 and Player of the Year and Best Rebounder in 2015 and 2016… Tied the MSU record for points in a B1G Tournament against Ohio State on March 5, 2016 with 31, adding a team-high 12 boards … During her junior season, became MSU’s all-time career and single-season scorer with 1,803 points over her career and 683 points for the season.

 

PERSONAL

Born on Jan. 17, 1994 … Daughter of Juan and Cecelia Powers … has a passion for video games and advancing women and people of color to play…Majored in hospitality business…In high school, she was named to the Detroit Free Press and Detriot News All-State Dream Team as a senior…… A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for head coach Frank Orlando at Detroit Country Day … Led Country Day to four regional championships, the 2009 Class B state championship and 2010 Class B runner-up finish … Twice the state’s Class B Player of Year at Detroit Country Day, a school whose famous alums include Chris Webber, JaVale McGee, Steve Ballmer, Shane Battier, Patrick Kane, and Kate Markgraf… Before taking up basketball, the young Aerial first took part in boxing.

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