Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault announced today that the team has acquired Aerial Powers from the Dallas Wings in exchange for guard Tayler Hill and the team’s 2019 second round pick. Dallas will have the option to switch first round picks in 2019 based on Washington’s record.
“We had an overload at the guard position as Ariel Atkins has proven herself as a starter on this team,” Thibault said. “We had an opportunity to add a bigger wing player in Aerial Powers, who is versatile enough to play positions two through four. With Tayler Hill’s minutes decreasing, we thought it best to give her the opportunity to find more playing time elsewhere.”
A 6’0 forward, Powers was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Wings. During her rookie year, she came off the bench and led the team in scoring in several games. Powers averaged 10.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game on her way to being named to the WNBA All-Rookie team. After three seasons as a professional, Powers has averaged 9.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game.
Powers attended Michigan State University where she is the first player in school history to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team for three consecutive years. During her final year at MSU, she became the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,817 career points. She also set other school records, including career points per game (18.9), double-doubles (44) and free throws made (438).
Hill was drafted in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2013 WNBA draft. During her tenure with the Mystics, she helped the team to four playoff berths and had career averages of 9.2 points per game, 1.7 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game.
Washington will play against the Connecticut Sun tomorrow night at 7:00 pm.