After leading Maryland women’s basketball to two Final Fours and a Sweet 16 appearance, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough now has a professional accolade to add to her college legacy.
The WNBA announced its All-Rookie Team on Tuesday, and the former Terp and current Washington Mystic found her name on the list. Walker-Kimbrough now becomes the second of Brenda Frese’s 13 draft picks to make the rookie team, following Alyssa Thomas in 2014.
Walker-Kimbrough helps complete a list of first-year standouts also including Rookie of the Year Alisha Gray of the Dallas Wings, former Naismith Award winner Kelsey Plum from the San Antonio Stars, the Atlanta Dream’s Brittney Sykes and the Wings’ Kaela Davis.
Walker-Kimbrough garnered seven of a possible 11 votes from the league’s coaches, who vote for the team. Gray, Plum and Sykes were unanimous selections.
She had the third-highest free throw percentage among rookies, finishing the season shooting 85.4 percent from the charity stripe. Walker-Kimbrough played in 27 games for the hometown Mystics, starting eight en route to averaging 4.4 points in 12.5 minutes a game. It was a three-game stretch of games she started from Aug. 12-18 that really put her on the coaches’ maps, when she scored at least 13 points in each. The stretch peaked with a 16 point outing against the Los Angeles Sparks on Aug. 16.
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