Washington, D.C. --- The Washington Mystics acquired four-time Georgia All-American and Gainesville High graduate Tasha Humphrey from the Detroit Shock on Tuesday in exchange for forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Mystics general manager Linda Hargrove announced. The Mystics also acquired Eshaya (Shay) Murphy and a second-round pick in the 2009 WNBA draft from the Shock as part of the trade.
"Tasha is a versatile rookie post that can shoot the three and score in a variety of ways," Hargrove said. "Her game resembles that of Tina Thompson, and she has the potential to develop into one of the best power forward in the league.²
Humphrey was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2008 WNBA draft. She is averaging 7.3 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. She is among the top 10 leaders in the WNBA in field goals per 40 minutes (8.35). Humphrey leads all rookies in free throw shooting (.955) and is ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.385).
Humphrey is one of eight former Lady Bulldogs playing in the WNBA this summer. All eight of those players have been first-round draft picks over the past eight seasons. Humphrey is now teammates with former Georgia standout Coco Miller, who is in her eighth season with the Mystics.
Humphrey completed her career at Georgia as the Lady Bulldogs' all-time leader in free throws taken and made and also ranks No. 2 in points and No. 4 in rebounds. She was named first-team All-SEC by both league coaches and the AP for four consecutive years, only the third player in conference history to do so.
The WNBA is currently on a month-long break during the 2008 Olympic Games. The Mystics will resume the 2008 season on Friday, August 29th against the Chicago Sky at 7:00 p.m.