COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State teammates Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga are set to the team up for their third season in the WNBA which starts on Saturday. Mitchell and Mavunga and the rest of the Indiana Fever open the season against the defending champs Washington Mystics on Saturday evening in Bradenton, Fla.
Mitchell has played in all 64 games over the last two seasons for the Fever. She has averaged 13.2 points and has made 149 three pointers. Mitchell was a member of the WNBA All-Rookie team in 2018 when she made 70 three-pointers, which was the most by a rookie since Tamika Catchings made a WNBA rookie record 76 in 2002. Last season, Mitchell averaged 13.6 points per game, made a Fever record nine three-pointers in a game and then set the franchise record for most points scored in a game with 38 on the last game of the season vs. Connecticut.
Mavunga has appeared in 49 games for the Fever in the last two years. She averaged 2.5 points per game and shot over 51 percent from the floor while averaging 2.3 rebounds in 2019. The native of Brownsburg, Ind., matched career bests in points (10), rebounds (6), field goals (5), steals (2) and blocks (2) in a career-high 19 minutes against Minnesota on August 3 of last year.
The WNBA is gearing up for an unconventional season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In hopes of playing the full 22-game season, the league has moved all 12 of its teams to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Jantel Lavender, who is a member of the Chicago Sky, will miss the 2020 season after having her second foot surgery in an 11-month span. The former WNBA Sixth Player of the Year averaged 10 points and 6.9 rebounds while starting 22 of 23 games last season for the Sky.
Tayler Hill was a member of the Dallas Wings last season but was traded to New York in April. She was then waived by the Liberty and will start the season as a free agent.