Leilani Mitchell is set to feature in the WNBA play-offs for a ninth time but with her third different club after helping the Washington Mystics just qualify.
The Hamilton-based Opals representative, 35, and defending champions the Mystics will meet her former team Phoenix Mercury in a do-or-die clash in Florida on Wednesday (11am AEST).
It comes after two-time WNBA most improved Mitchell provided an equal game-high seven assists as Washington beat the Atlanta Dream 85-78 in the last round on Monday morning.
The Mystics, who had lost 12 of 13 games earlier in the campaign, recorded a fourth straight victory to clinch the No.8 spot. If the result went the other way Washington would have handed the post-season pass to the Dallas Wings, who had already triumped on Monday.
Mitchell joined the Mystics from Phoenix, who finished fifth on the ladder, during the off-season.
The Rio Olympian and Tokyo Games hopeful has previously featured in WNBA play-offs eight times, four each for the Mercury and New York Liberty between 2008 and 2019.
Recently she produced 20 points and a career-best 12 assists for Washington against the Chicago Sky.
Earlier this month Mitchell re-signed with Australian club the Southside Flyers. The WNBL is scheduled to get underway in November but coronavirus restrictions may impact the start date. Discussions continue about establishing a 'bubble', potentially in Queensland.
While you're with us, did you know the Newcastle Herald offers breaking news alerts, daily email newsletters and more? Keep up to date with all the local news - sign up here.
IN THE NEWS: