Walker-Kimbrough Leads as Bench Shines on the Road

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and the Mystics bench put together a trio of impressive performances on a three-game road stretch against the Los Angeles Sparks, Las Vegas Aces, and the Minnesota Lynx.

In true comeback fashion the Mystics took down the LA Sparks, claiming an 82-80 victory on the road to kick off the trip. The team faced its largest deficit this season, down by 14 points in the fourth quarter and were in need of a game-changer who could swiftly turn things around. The answer to their problem was none other than the DMV’s own Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. Coming off the bench, Walker-Kimbrough led the Mystics in scoring with 17 points, going 3-5 from behind the arc, and racking up four assists, two steals and one block. Marking her fourth game this season where she’s mounted 10+ points, and the eighth game this season where she has had 2+ steals, tying last season’s number of games with the same statistic.

Clearly on a hot-streak, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the team in points for the second-straight game in their matchup against the Aces, topping off the night with a season-high of 19 points and claiming three assists and one steal.

“Her consistency and her confidence has been huge for us. She takes the reigns of being one of our leaders as well and her voice has been really important,” Ariel Atkins states amidst Shatori’s recent notable performances. “More than anything, her confidence is contagious right now. She comes into the gym and puts the work in. I’m not surprised by it at all.”

This marked the ninth time in her career where Walker-Kimbrough has mounted 17+ points in a game. In addition, the University of Maryland graduate led the bench in points for the third-straight game in its contest against the Minnesota Lynx. Walker-Kimbrough tied Ariel Atkins for a team high 15 points, including four made threes, alongside four rebounds, two assists and one block.

Over the last five games, Walker-Kimbrough is averaging 14.0 points per game, the second-most points per game behind Stefanie Dolson (15.3), almost tripling the 5.5 points she maintained in the first 16 games of the season.

The rest of the Mystics bench also played a pivotal role in last week’s three-game road sequence. Following the conclusion of the Aces matchup, the Mystics marked their 12th-straight game with 20+ assists, claiming the longest streak in franchise history of 20+ assist games. This is the third-longest streak in WNBA history and longest active streak in the WNBA of 20+ assist games. This makes Washington third in the league this season in average assists per game (22.0), trailing behind the New York Liberty (23.2) and Minnesota Lynx (24.0).

Rounding out their contest in Minnesota, the Mystics bench combined for 29 points to currently lead the league in bench points per game, averaging 26.2 bench points per game this season. Additionally, the team tallied 19 total assists to conclude their longest streak in franchise history.

UP NEXT

The Mystics go head-to-head against the Fever in Indiana on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET before returning to rematch the Las Vegas Aces at ESA. This tip-off is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.