Skylar Diggins-Smith just added another layer to her already impressive season for the Phoenix Mercury.
The WNBA star announced her pregnancy Monday via Instagram, posting photos of herself with the caption, “New addition loading.”
Diggins-Smith is expecting her second child. When she played for the Dallas Wings, she missed the 2019 WNBA season after giving birth to her son that spring.
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While the Mercury star missed the final two games of the 2022 season and the playoffs for “personal reasons,” she averaged 19.7 points across 30 games before that point, the third-highest mark in the league this season and the second-highest mark of her career.
Diggins-Smith butted heads with coach Vanessa Nygaard at times this season, including when she tweeted a clown emoji in response to comments from the coach.
Still, she excelled on the court as a workhorse for the Mercury. She averaged 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals in a league-high 34 minutes per game. Her impressive campaign earned her an All-WNBA first team selection. She also garnered an All-Star nod in July.
Fellow WNBA stars Kia Nurse, Diamond DeShields, Arike Ogunbowale and Isabelle Harrison were among the players to congratulate Diggins-Smith on Instagram after her pregnancy announcement.
“Ommmggg WOMENS NATIONAL BABY ASSOCIATION… oomggg moreeee babbiiessss,” Dearica Hamby tweeted. Hamby announced her own pregnancy after she helped the Las Vegas Aces to the WNBA title.
The WNBA’s new CBA, signed in 2020, guarantees that players receive their salary while on maternity leave, plus an annual child-care stipend of $5,000.
Ommmggg WOMENS NATIONAL BABY ASSOCIATION 🥰🥰😂😂 oomggg moreeee babbiiessss 🥺🥺— Dearica Marie Hamby (@dearicamarie) October 17, 2022
Ommmggg WOMENS NATIONAL BABY ASSOCIATION 🥰🥰😂😂 oomggg moreeee babbiiessss 🥺🥺