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Tayler Hill to miss remainder of 2017 WNBA season due to torn ACL

Stewart W. Small

Tayler Hill will miss the remainder of the 2017 WNBA season due to a right ACL tear she suffered during the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Fever.

Hill averaged 13.8 points and 2.8 assists per game in the 2017 season. This is a significant blow to Washington’s backcourt. Hill is one of the team’s original draft picks from 2013, GM/Head Coach Mike Thibault’s first season. Though her start in the WNBA had its share of trials and tribulations, Hill emerged as the Mystics’ leading per-game scorer in the 2016 season and was runner up in the Most Improved Player of the year race. And though the Mystics added two of the WNBA’s biggest free agents this season like Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver, Hill remained on track to have another successful campaign this season.

Though Hill is out, other players now have their opportunity to show what they can do. This gives Natasha Cloud an opportunity to reclaim s starting spot that she had last season. And though she probably won’t start this season, rookie Shatori Walker Kimbrough should find it easier to get some playing time.