NEW YORK - Former Maryland women's basketball player Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was named to the five-member All-WNBA Rookie Team the league announced Tuesday. Walker-Kimbrough is joined on the team with Kelsey Plum, Allisha Gray, Brittney Sykes and Kaela Davis.
Walker-Kimbrough, drafted with the sixth pick in 2017, helped the Washington Mystics reach the playoffs as the sixth seed. She scored at least 13 points in three straight games from Aug. 12-18 – three of her eight starts in 2017. For the season, Walker-Kimbrough averaged 4.4 points in 12.5 minutes and ranked third among rookies in free-throw percentage (85.4).
After her senior season at Maryland last spring, Walker-Kimbrough was named an All-American by ESPNW, the U/S/ Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press. She averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 45.0 percent. She also had 125 assists. Walker-Kimbrough is No. 4 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 2,156 career points. Her career three-point percentage of 45.9 percent is the best in Maryland history, ahead of KristiToliver's 40.8 percent, and is a Big Ten record.
Walker-Kimbrough helped the Terrapins earn a record of 125-17 (.880) in her careers. She led the Terrapins to three Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, the 2014 and 2015 Final Fours and the 2017 Sweet Sixteen.
Head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 total WNBA draft picks, including eight in the top 10. Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper were drafted sixth and 10th in 2008. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver were selected second and third in 2009. Seventeen Terrapins over the years have been drafted, including Brene Moseley last season by the Indiana Fever and Laurin Mincy in 2015 by the New York Liberty.
Walker-Kimbrough is the second Terrapin alum to earn All-Rookie Team Honors. Alyssa Thomas made the team in 2014.