WNBA Buckeye Report: Week 6

It’s time for the fifth week of Holy Land Grant WNBA Buckeye Report, where we check the performance Ohio State Alumni of the WNBA. Let’s see where the players stand three weeks into June.

Kelsey Mitchell

last week, LGHL Breaking down why former Kelsey Mitchell should be an All-American in the WNBA All-Star Game. Since then, the All-Star vote has ended on June 20, with the league announcing 10 rookie players on Wednesday, June 22. The game’s 12 reserve names were called on June 28, a more likely route on Mitchell’s journey to his first WNBA All-Star Game. With early voting announced on June 3, Mitchell sat at 21Street place.

On the court last week, the Indiana Fever split two games and added a household name to Ohio State women’s basketball fans. Here’s Mitchell’s offerings first.

Against Phoenix Mercury, Fever lost 93-80, with Mercury beginning Indiana outperformed by five initially 81-59. A portion of those 59 points was Mitchell’s 26-point evening, adding to her current WNBA career 18.8 points per game.

The second of two back-to-back home games was a game against the 2021 WNBA Champions, Chicago Sky. Mitchell had a quiet first run, scoring two points and making three. Indiana came back from the locker room in the first half like an entirely different team led by Mitchell.

Dropping 13 points to enter the third quarter, Team Fever beat Chicago by 15 points in third to enter the final 10 minutes two minutes ahead. Mitchell beats every player on the field and helped him excel in the third quarter, scoring 10 goals and adding four assists.

It was the way she scored points and passed the ball that made her particularly impressive. Mitchell attacked the basket the entire second half and threaded the sky’s defense, finding teammates. Chicago had no answer for the former Buckeye, and worked to improve her teammates. Rookie striker Nalissa Smith, of Baylor University, scored 26 points and 11 rebounds thanks to a Mitchell hand.

Mitchell added two more passes in the fourth quarter, rounding out her most complete performance this week, scoring 13 points and adding nine assists. Indiana Chicago won 89-87, its fourth win this season.

The familiar name that joins the former fever LSU Guarding horsepower pointer. In Ohio State’s dominant second-round win over the Tigers, Pointer was the only LSU player with a major performance, scoring 32 points in Buckeye’s 79-64 win.

Gentle Lavender

As for Lavender and the Storm, there’s not much to report this week. Seattle lost to the Connecticut Sun and beat the New York Liberty, and Lavender played just under 19 minutes combined in the two games. On the first of the week in Seattle, Lavender fired one shot in five attempts, with a two-point stat sheet with no rebounds, steals or assists.

Lavender played most of her minutes, 13:07, in the win over Liberty. While the former Ohio State forward didn’t score any points for the Storm, she contributed two rebounds and one assist on their way to an 81-72 win.

Buckeyes bonus

At this point in the Weekly Report, the exploits of striker Tanaya Beacham are being shared from below. Big Ten Champion 2021-22 joined the Sunshine Coast Phoenix of NBL1 after completing her college eligibility with Ohio State. It appears Beecham is no longer on the squad, though Youngstown, Ohio, started every game with the Phoenix and last played on June 4, scoring 11 points and collecting 20 rebounds.

NBL1 has removed Beacham from their league website. There is no word on the reason for the exit but it appears Beecham’s time with the Phoenix is ‚Äč‚Äčover.