The Washington Mystics to the Chicago Sky, 88-86 last night, but Ariel Atkins was one of their bright spots, where she scored a season-high 24 points of 7-of-9 shooting from the field. She also shot 4-of-6 from the three point line, taking advantage of shot opportunities like this.
Inside ➡️ outside ➡️ in the basket— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 2, 2020
Tonight's Play of the Game pres. by @CapitalOne pic.twitter.com/kzDQk5RVom
GOT IT!!!— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 2, 2020
ONE POINT GAME LADIES & GENTLEMAN pic.twitter.com/GS3wyBYnsI
Here is something even more promising about Atkins’ performance on the offensive end of the floor. She has scored more points in each subsequent game for Washington, and made at least three three-pointers in each game.
Ultimately, Atkins is shooting at a 59.5 percent rate overall and 57.7 percent from three. They are helping her average a team-high 18.8 points per game this season.
Along with Aerial Powers (18.0 ppg) and Myisha Hines-Allen (17.5 ppg), Atkins appears to have answered the question on whether she or the team’’s younger players can handle a heavy offensive load: it’s an emphatic yes!