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Ariel Atkins's Bio

About Ariel Atkins

PROFESSIONAL: Has appeared in 84 career games (79 starts) in three seasons with the Washington Mystics…Has averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25.5 minutes per game…Was named to the 2018 WNBA All-Rookie Team…Has been named All-Defensive Second Team twice in her career (2019, 2020).

 

2020: Played in 22 games (all starts) for the Mystics in the WNBA bubble…Set career highs in points (14.8), rebounds (2.9), assists (2.4), and steals (1.8) per game, while also notching highs in field goal percentage (.438) and three-point percentage (.411)…Tied her career high with 26 points in the final game of the season against Atlanta…Scored at least 20 points in five games and 10-plus points in 15 games…Led the Mystics in scoring a team-high seven times…Finished third in the league with 39 steals, leading to her being All-Defensive Second Team for the second-straight season…Led the Mystics with 44 made threes on the season.

 

2019: Saw action in 33 games (all starts)…Averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.3 minutes per game… Shot .416 from the field and .811 from the free-throw line… Scored a season-high 23 points on 9/3 vs. New York… Scored 10+ points on 19 occasions…Tied a career-high 5 assists on 8/16 vs. Minnesota…Led the team In steals per game with 1.5… totaled five-plus steals three times…Averaged three or more assists 12 times.

 

2018: Saw action in 29 games (24 starts)… Averaged 11.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game… Shot .432 from the field and .824 from the free-throw line… Scored a career-high 26 points on 8/12 vs. Dallas… Scored 10+ points on 17 occasions…Went a perfect 5-5 from three-point territory on 8/12…Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds on 7/13.

 

PLAYOFFS: Totaled 19 career playoff games (all starts) averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists…2020: scored 13 points with four rebounds and four assists in a first round loss to Phoenix…2019: Averaged a career-best 2.3 assists in nine games…2018: Averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals in nine playoff games. Shot .424 from three-point territory and .480 percent from the field.

 

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played in 121 career games with 100 starts in four years at Texas…Scored in double figures 81 times in her career and her 1,497 points ranks 20th all-time at Texas…AP Honorable Mention All-America for the 2017-2018 season…Voted to: All-Big 12 (2016 Second Team, 2017 First Team, 2018 First Team), Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2017, 2018), Big 12 All-Tournament Team (2018), Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2015), NCAA Bridgeport All-Regional Team (2016)… Career three-point percentage of 37.3 ranks sixth all-time in Texas history… Was the only player in the Big 12 Conference to rank among the league’s top-20 in the eight statistical categories of points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game, assist-to-turnover ratio, field-goal percentage, three-point field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage in 2017-18… Shot 53.4 percent (197-of-369) from the field, 42 percent (50-of-119) from three-point range and 85.9 percent (79-of-92) from the free-throw line in her senior year.

 

PERSONAL: Born in Dallas, Texas…Daughter of LaShonda and Byron Atkins…Has an older sister, Jessica and a younger brother, Byron Jr…Majored in Sport Management…Participated in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program during the summer of 2016…Played four varsity seasons at Duncanville High School, where she earned consensus All-American honors and led her team to a pair of Texas UIL Class 5A state titles (2012, 2013), a 105-game winning streak, and a combined record of 148-10…Played in the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago (April 2, 2014).

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by the Mystics with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 WNBA draft…Signed with the Mystics on April 16, 2018.

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