Of the many new faces on the Minnesota Lynx in 2020 was one of South Carolina’s best: Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, or as she’s more affectionately known as “Kiki.” A fan-favorite in Columbia, Herbert Harrigan earned the title of “Mad Kiki” for her trademark intensity and defensive prowess, winning over the crowd with every stop. A sleeper in the spring, that skillset stuck out to Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve as Minnesota selected Herbert Harrigan sixth overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
“I would much prefer to have edginess,” Reeve said following the selection. “It shows an investment.”
There were two things that stood out when the Lynx rookie was on the court: her ability to rebound and her accuracy from three-point range. Herbert Harrigan ranked fourth in 3P% amongst her teammates, converting at a rate of 42.4% from deep during the regular season. “Mad Kiki” played in 21 of Minnesota’s 22 games, averaging just over 11 minutes on the court in her rookie season.
Reeve knew Herbert Harrigan would be a work-in-progress as a rookie. The more Herbert Harrigan played in 2020, it showed. After putting up a season-high 11 points vs. the New York Liberty on August 15, the Anguilla native followed with 10 points and eight rebounds vs. the Dallas Wings four days later to hit her stride mid-season. Herbert Harrigan continued to adapt throughout the 2020 campaign, helping the Lynx to a run to the Western Conference Semifinals.
With the wildest and a most unprecedented rookie year under her belt, one can only imagine how Herbert Harrigan will perform in front of fans on the team’s home court. Fans can hope to officially meet “Mad Kiki” someday soon.