- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shey Peddy waited years for this moment.

Just one day after signing with the Washington Mystics, the 30-year-old guard took the court in the WNBA for the first time on June 9, after bouncing around international basketball for about half a decade.

Born in Boston, Peddy made her WNBA debut in garbage time as the Mystics mopped up an 86-62 win over the Dallas Wings. 

“I was nervous when I checked in a little bit, but once the game started going, I kind of just forgot about it,” Peddy said.

Peddy was signed on June 8 as Washington stars Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh took a hiatus from the Mystics to play in international competition.



While the Dallas game marked Peddy’s first official stint on the floor for the Mystics, she’s unlike most other WNBA rookies.

Her long journey to the league started after a 1,899-point college career at Wright State and Temple. After college, she was drafted by the Chicago Sky in 2012, but was cut before the season. She was invited to the Mystics the following year, but cut again.

Without much luck in the U.S., Peddy went abroad for about five years, playing professionally in Austria and Israel. During the 2018-2019 season in the Euroleague, she averaged 15.2 points per game.

But this year, Mystics coach Mike Thibault invited her to training camp and she was added to the roster when the team lost the two Belgian players.

“She knows everything we’re doing,” Thibault said. “She’s smart and if I end up putting her in a game, I know she’ll do a good job.”

Peddy has been used sparingly. She has about four minutes of playing time, including about three minutes in the team’s 74-71 loss to the Seattle Storm on Friday. But Peddy still managed to pick up her first WNBA career points on a pair of foul shots.

Thibault said Peddy is an asset during practices, but he will maintain a regular rotation of players.

“Shey is insurance for us,” Thibault said. “She’s done a good job, she may get to play some, but right now it’s more we need people to balance out our practice.”

While Peddy’s years of experience on the professional court sharpened her basketball IQ, she said the international game is not as fast or intense as the WNBA.

“Sometimes when you’re overseas, your teammates might not be at as high of a level as you are, but when you’re in the league, everyone is at the top level,” Peddy said.

While she’s only a rookie in the WNBA, point guard Kristi Toliver said Peddy was “like a vet in a lot of ways.”

“She brings a lot to practice everyday,” Toliver said. “That’s something that shouldn’t go unnoticed. She’s an extremely smart basketball player.”

Mystics captain Elena Delle Donne added:

“You can tell she worked so hard to get to this moment and we’re so happy it’s able to happen here,” she said.

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