WNBA Rookie Report
By Cayla McMorris
Rookie of the week: A’ja Wilson, Aces
For the third time this season, Wilson has earned rookie of the week for our Rookie Report and the WNBA also named her Rookie of the Month for June. Her performance this season has been nothing short of fabulous. She leads the Aces in scoring and has scored 20 or more points in half of their games. Her stat line has been amazing. She has started all 21 games and averages 31 minutes per game, 20.6 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. In the Aces’ win against the Sun, she had a double-double with 34 points and 14 rebounds shooting 88 percent from the free-throw line. The Aces are currently on a three-game winning streak which can be attributed to Wilson’s performance and how she has carried her team this season. In the beginning, although the Aces weren’t having much success, Wilson remained consistent and as her team started to turn things around, her efforts are finally paying off.
Who’s Having Success?
The Wings’ Azura Stevens is turning things around with her recent double-digit scoring performances. In her last four games, Stevens is averaging 16.5 points per game and about 3 rebounds per game. Stevens is an athletic forward who can score in multiple ways and she can finish well around the basket. She is shooting over 50 percent from the field. She recently scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and even hit 2 threes in a win against the Fever. Stevens continues to show why many people shouldn’t sleep on her abilities and hopefully she will continue to prove that.
Who’s Still Figuring Things Out?
The Sky’s Gabby Williams is a 42.3 percent shooter but in her last two games she has shot 50 percent from the field. Williams has proven that she can finish well with her speed and athleticism. She only attempts about 7 shots per game and it would be nice to see her shoot more and become more of an offensive threat.
The Fever’s Kelsey Mitchell has recently been in a shooting slump, but she seems to be coming out of it. In her recent game she scored 11 points in a loss against the Lynx, made 3 of 5 three-pointers shooting 60 percent from the three-point line. Even though she shot better in this game compared to her last three games, she only shot a total of six times. This is unlike Mitchell given that she is a scorer who puts up shots. For her to stay out of this shooting slump, she is going to have to stay aggressive offensively. You know what they say, “shooters shoot!”