Mystics announce signing of two-time WNBA champion Alysha Clark

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Mystics announce signing of two-time WNBA champion Alysha Clark originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

It's official: Veteran forward Alysha Clark is joining the Washington Mystics, the team officially announced.

Clark, a two-time WNBA champion, spent the last nine seasons playing for the Seattle Storm. In 2020, Clark was a vital part of the Storm's run to a WNBA title as she contributed 10.0. points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. The scoring and assists total was the best of her career. Clark also led the WNBA in three-point shooting at 52.2%.

Not only was she productive on the offensive end, but Clark also has the ability to be a lockdown defender for Washington. This past season she was unanimously voted to the WNBA's All-Defensive First Team. 

“Alysha Clark is the ultimate competitor and winner. She is able to impact the game at both ends of the court as well as provide incredible leadership in the locker room,” head coach Mike Thibault said in a statement released by the team. “There aren’t many players as well-respected around the league as she is. She contributes to every phase of the game – an All-Defensive Team player, a league leader in three-point shooting, a terrific passer and post-up threat. She perfectly fits our style of play. Her new teammates and staff are excited to get on the court with her soon!” 

The Mystics lost guard/forward Ariel Powers to the Minnesota Lynx in free agency. Powers played a key role in Washington's 2019 title run, providing solid minutes off the bench.

Yet now with Clark, the Mystics can work to replace that production while also adding an experienced winner to the mix. After a down year in 2020 due to multiple players sitting out the season due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic or to focus on social justice issues, Washington should have a roster that can compete for a WNBA championship.

Clark knows what it takes to win from her time in Seattle, and she's now ready to bring that same success to D.C. Though she was a part of the 2018 Storm team that defeated the Mystics in the WNBA finals, it's all love now. 

“The love I’ve received since making my decision has been really amazing. Change is never easy but having teammates and an organization excited to have you join their family makes it better,” Clark said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to exploring DC and creating new memories with my teammates and the fans!”