Shakira Austin’s Rookie Report: The Heart of the DMV –

The Washington Mystics flexed their muscles early in the W season, starting 2-0 in their next game against the equally undefeated Las Vegas Aces.

Natasha Cloud absolutely crazy Against the Bobcats and continuing the offensive aggression she showed in Athletes Unlimited. Elena Delle Donne is back in full health. Alysha Clark is stepping up after recovering from a foot injury. This Mystics team looks primed for a great season.

The rookie and third overall pick in the 2022 W Draft made an immediate impression. After running 12 minutes in Game 1 against Fever, Austin started the game against the Bobcats.

She played well, racking up a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) while troubling Minnesota’s frontcourt on both ends with her length and energy. Watching the rookie face off against future Hall of Famer Sylvia Foles for much of the night was ecstatic, giving us a glimpse into the future of the league’s five. Syl is Syl, so she makes her presence felt, but Austin approaches the game the same way she does everything, confident and competitive. Austin didn’t care at the moment.

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