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In brief: Ex-Vandal Mitchell honored by WNBA

WNBA: Leilani Mitchell, who was among the national leaders in assists and steals when she played at Idaho, was named the WNBA’s most improved player.

The third-year point guard for the New York Liberty increased her scoring average to 9.3, almost a seven-point improvement, and her assists to 3.8 while leading the league in 3-point shooting at 48 percent with the second-most made 3s

After helping Kennewick to a State 4A title, Mitchell went to Idaho for three seasons and became the school’s all-time steals leader. However, she transferred to Utah for her senior season. With Mitchell starting, New York finished 22-12 to earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Division for the playoffs.

Outdoor hockey tickets hot item

Hockey: Spokane Chiefs season-ticket holders snapped up 1,500 tickets for the first outdoor game in Western Hockey League history the first day they went on sale.

The Spokane Chiefs made 200 seats available to the Kootenay Ice for the game at Avista Stadium on Jan. 15 and almost half were sold the first day, according to the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

The tickets, for about 6,800 seats, range from $25 to $100.

They go on sale to the public Wednesday.


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