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Leilani Mitchell's Bio

About Leilani Mitchell

WNBA CAREER

Completed her 11th WNBA season and fourth with the Mercury in 2019…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

Two-time WNBA Most Improved Player award winner (2019, 2010)…only player in WNBA and NBA history to ever win the award in more than one season

Owns career averages of 6.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 345 career games and 165 career starts

Career 39.6-percent three-point shooter, which is the fifth-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 sixth among active players for most three-point field goals in WNBA history with 429…ranks 17th overall all-time

Scored a career-high 29 points at New York on August 27, 2019…finished five-of-six from three-point range in the game

Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (25 pts) and Brittney Griner (30 pts) as the only trip of teammates to each score 25+ points in a single game on July 30, 2019 at Washington…Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points in the game

Scored 2,000th career points on July 30, 2019 against Washington

Played in her 300th-career game on July 5, 2018 against Connecticut

Has appeared in all 34 games in eight of the 11 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

Recorded her 1,000th career assist on September 8, 2019 against Las Vegas

Ranks seventh on the Mercury’s all-time assists chart with 410 assists in a Mercury jersey

Has eight playoff appearances in her career (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008)…career playoff averages of 5.3 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 33 games

Selected in the second round (25th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury…Acquired 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

2019 SEASON

Appeared in 32 games in 2019…re-signed with the Mercury after the team’s first two games of the season

Averaged career highs in scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounding (3.0 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg), and matched her 2010 field goal percentage mark of 44.1 percent, a career mark

Named the WNBA’s 2019 Most Improved Player, the second time she’s won the award in her career (2010)…became the only NBA and WNBA player to ever win the award more than once in a career

Scored a career-high 29 points on August 27 at New York

Scored 20+ points six times in 2019 after entering the season having done so only four times in her career…scored 10+ points a career-best 21 times

Scored 10 or more points in a career-best 11 consecutive games from July 20-August 20

Matched the WNBA record for three-pointer field goals on July 30 at Washington with eight…also tied the WNBA record for most three-point field goals in a half after making seven in the second half of the game

Knocked down a career-best 74 three-pointers on the season, which ranked her fourth in the WNBA this season

Ranked third in the WNBA in three-point percentage, shooting 43.0 percent (74-of-172) from behind the arc

Dished a career-high 11 assists in the Mercury’s game on June 28 against Indiana…with her 18 points in the game, she recorded her first career double-double

Recorded at least one assist in all 32 games she played in this season…dished five or more assists in 12 games

Recorded her 1,000th career assist on September 8 against Las Vegas in the team’s final game of the season

Moved into seventh place on the Mercury’s all-time assists list with 410 assists in a Mercury jersey

Led the Mercury in total assists on the season with 128, two shy from her career mark of 130 in 2010

Was the only player in the WNBA in 2019 to shoot 40 percent from three-point range, make at least 70 three-pointers and average at least 3.0 assists per game…became just the 17th player in WNBA history to do so

Registered five points, two rebounds and three assists in the Mercury’s only playoff game on September 11 in Chicago

2018 SEASON

Appeared in 31 games in 2018, missing two games in July following the birth of her son in Australia…missed third game on August 7 (coach’s decision)

Scored a season-high 10 points twice (May 18 vs. Dallas and July 8 at Atlanta)

Dished a season-high eight assists on July 10 at Dallas…recorded five or more assists in five games on the season

Led all Mercury players off the bench in scoring (4.4 ppg) and assists (2.3 apg) on the season

Passed Anna DeForge this season for 10th place on the Mercury’s all-time assists chart this season and now has 282 in her Mercury career

Shot 85.1 percent from the free throw line, her highest shooting percentage from the charity strip since 2015 when she shot 88.9 percent

Ranked fourth on the team in assists (70)…has recorded 70 or more assists in all but one season (19 in 2016 after playing in only 10 games)

Knocked down a season-high three three-pointers twice (June 26 at New York and August 20 against Indiana)

Played in her 300th-career game on July 5 against Connecticut

Appeared in all seven playoff games, averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 assists

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

Played for the UC Capitals of the WNBL in Australia during the 2018-19 WNBA offseason…averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 24 games…shot 41.7 percent (60-of-144) from three-point range on the season

Played for Hatay BSB in Turkey during the 2017-18 WNBA offseason…averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 assists in 22 Turkish Legaue games…averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 assists in EuroCup action

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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