After signing an offer sheet with the New York Liberty the Washington Mystics re-signed the guard to a two-year contract.
The Washington Mystics matched the offer sheet from the New York Liberty and locked up Natasha Cloud for the next two years.
The 6’0″ guard out of St Joseph’s has spent four seasons in the WNBA, all with the Mystics. Last season Cloud broke out and was a massive reason the Mystics made it the finals. She hit the game winner against the Los Angeles Sparks which was one of the better shots in her career.
On top of this one moment, Cloud almost doubled her scoring average from the season before, scoring at 8.6 points per game. Not just that, Her rebounding average improved by one rebound per game. This was part of the collective Mystics effort to over the loss of star Emma Meesseman.
Now with Meesseman returning to the WNBA, the rest of the team will have the experience of playing without her. If she can slot back in, without others having to drop too much production, the Mystics will be much stronger.
Cloud was put into situations last season that she would not have experienced if Meesseman was not in the team. This experience is going to be invaluable if the Mystics are going to take that step to finally win a championship. It takes input from depth players like Cloud who will make the difference in finals games.
Locking her up for the next two years, the Mystics have shown faith in their own. Cloud is proof that there is value in the second round as she was taken with the 15th pick in the 2015 WNBA draft.
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