With Elena Delle Donne back in action, the Mystics Washington is looking for more and more as the dynamic squad so He left the WNBA's upper team out of three weeks ago.
Washington turned in the 93-65 race from the last place Atlanta Dream on Sunday in the Sports and Entertainment Arena, especially for the consistent play played by Delle Donne, the noteworthy star six times went back to the line Friday after most of the three game – all the losses – to break a nose. She first wore a face mask in a home game this year and scored a high-28 point game.
“The mask is not taking off,” said Mystics Coach and General Manager, about Delle Donne, who was not available for comment. “As she said, you can see clearly. So she could see the hoop, and her hand works and her legs work. The nose is not connected to her shots. Obviously he did not interfere with her. ”
Delle Donne showed what she can do when wearing the Friday mask in Indiana, making tie baskets in the last seconds of the regulation and scoring 28 points raising the 95-88 highlights for overtime. On Sunday, she matched that output against the Dream (5-14).
His return, along with Tianna Hawkins (13 points) and the promotion of the Air Powers (17 points), left a semi-game behind Connecticut for the first time with one game to go before the Game. All-Star.
“I think we are fixing the tone before the all-star break,” said Hawkins. “And we have one other game to continue to set the tone, but I think it feels good that everyone is back with Elena and Emma (Meesseman). We are in the future doing our work, and we are doing it well. ”
Hawkins and Meesseman put on a slow start with the Mystics when they arrived late in the first quarter. Hawkins encouraged the boom, and he scored a basket in the paint. Messeeman turned into defensive plays on his way to finishing with six rebounds and it helps. Garda Natasha Cloud took the run with two directions three in the second quarter, and the Mystics led 45-31 at half time.
Both teams expressed frustration with the executive during the game. Thibault walked into court at one point, screaming, “It's bad!” The top scorer The Dream, the venue of Elizabeth Williams (14 points), and guard Alex Bentley showed their singing in their sentences.
But the second half did not hinder the momentum of Mystics. The powers were readily filled for the start of Ariel Atkins, set aside to manage tendinitis on the Achilles' side, with three back-ups in the final minutes. The LaToya Sanders Center and guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough contributed up to nine points, and seven Gardaí assisted Kristi Toliver. Thibault said it was fun to watch his team “spread the wealth.”
“The best thing was that he would come back to a game with several streams, some up and down,” he said. “I thought our defense was very good for long stretches, and we had lots of different people involved.” T
But Delle Donne's almost perfect play gave the Mystics the pressure to abandon the scrappy but inconsistent Dream. Her scoring output was one of her platforms.
The Mystics visit Minnesota on Wednesday before an All-Star Game on Saturday, where Delle Donne as captain and Toliver will be backed up. Challenges severely after that, but Thibault said it is not just focused on the next game.
“Minnesota is all this week,” he said. “You know, the rest won't worry about it.”
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