The Washington Mystics announced on Tuesday that guard Armintie Herrington will retire after a nine-year career. Here's her statement from their release.
I didn't know what to expect coming in the WNBA. In return I got a long and exciting career. I have been a part of four great organizations. Every team I was a part of showed me love and treated my husband Reginald and me like family. And we thank you! I will always cherish the relationships I have with the coaches and teammates.
I want to thank the Mystics for being patient with me and helping me grow in all areas of my life. I know they would have let me play for as long as I wanted but when it's time it's just time. I want to thank the owners and coaches for allowing me to spend my last season with such joy and no regrets in their presence.
Herrington was the third pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft where she started her career with the Chicago Sky (2007-2009). In her first season, she was also the Rookie of the Year.
Herrington enjoyed her best seasons with the Atlanta Dream from 2009-2013, where she made the All-WNBA Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. While she was in Atlanta, the Dream made the Finals three times in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
After her time in Atlanta, Herrington spent one year each with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014 and the Mystics this past season where she saw action in 25 games. Herrington averaged 5.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game in her career.
The Mystics had a bumper crop of backcourt depth this past season, so Herrington's departure won't impact them much in that regard. However, her experience and wisdom is also valuable, especially to younger guards on the team like Tayler Hill and Bria Hartley for example.
I always admired the job that Herrington did in her career, especially in Atlanta where she enjoyed her best years as a defensive pest alongside Angel McCoughtry when they won the East in three times in a four-year span. Congratulations on your long career and best of luck in your future endeavors Armintie!