Brenda Frese

In their college backyard, Terps-made Mystics carry Maryland with them

In their college backyard, Terps-made Mystics carry Maryland with them

During any given Washington Mystics practice, Kristi Toliver casts a shadow 5 inches taller than her, a shadow named Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

“I call her ‘Young Squire,’ ” Toliver said. “At practice, she runs every day, we always get our shots in together, playing copycat.”

In the WNBA, the two are separated by nearly a decade. Toliver is a 10-year veteran while Walker-Kimbrough was drafted in 2017, sixth overall.

Walker-Kimbrough quickly fell under Toliver’s wing, joining the squad as a rookie as Toliver came in as a free agent from the Los Angeles Sparks. Both women, despite their generational cavern, knew what it was like to wear Terps red and gold for 16-year...

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