The Washington Mystics may have arrived a year early for both their head coach and their new arena. But a trip to the WNBA Finals provided a preview of how great both might be next year.
The Washington Mystics overcame a quiet night from Elena Delle Donne to earn a trip to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, holding off the Atlanta Dream 86-81 in the decisive fifth game of their semifinal series Tuesday night.
Elena Delle Donne had 15 points and 10 rebounds in her return from a bone bruise in her left knee and the Washington Mystics forced a decisive Game 5 with a 97-76 win over the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA semifinal series.
Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a bone bruise in her left knee and will be listed as questionable for Game 3 of the WNBA semifinal series against the Atlanta Dream.
“My teammates have trust in me in those situations to attack and try to make the right read,” Elena Delle Donne said. “I was flowing today, so they kind of just ran the offense through me. I just had to make reads or attack.”
Washington (23-12) will open a best-of-five series against Atlanta on Sunday, aiming for its first WNBA Finals appearance. Los Angeles and Minnesota — the past three WNBA champions — have both been eliminated from the postseason.
Ariel Atkins scored a game-high 26 points, Elena Delle Donne added 23 and the Washington Mystics won their sixth straight, beating the Dallas Wings 93-80 on Sunday.
Elena Delle Donne had 28 points and 16 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics snap the Atlanta Dreams’ franchise-record 8-game winning streak with an 86-71 victory on Tuesday night.
Team Candace Parker came out victorious against Team Delle Donne Saturday night for the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. Click through the gallery for photos from the game.
Moore won her third straight All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker past Team Delle Donne 119-112 in the WNBA All-Star Game.
Despite Elena Delle Donne’s hot-shooting 21-point game, the Washington Mystics fall to the Connecticut Sun 94-68 in their last game before the WNBA All-Star break.
Elena Delle Donne’s 29 points were the game-high, but Sue Bird’s 21 set Seattle’s franchise scoring mark to help the Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 on Sunday.
Elena Delle Donne scored 11 of her 21 points in the 4th quarter to help the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty 86-67.
Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and Breanna Stewart added 25 to help the Seattle Storm hand the Washington Mystics their first loss, 81-77 on Tuesday night.
The Mystics made eight three-pointers to improve their record to 2-0 in the young season. Las Vegas cut Washington’s lead to 71-70 with 30 seconds to play, but a lay-up and a pair of free throws led to the deciding margin.
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