Washington Mystics continue to stay undefeated on this four-game road trip behind Elena Delle Donne’s second consecutive double-double game.
Delle Donne had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists versus the Dream. She started off slow scoring once in the first quarter and not scoring again till the second with six points at the half, but got going in the second half with 15 points.
Including Delle Donne, Washington had three players in double figures: Kristi Toliver (17) and Tianna Hawkins (17). Toliver also reached 4,000 career points with this three-pointer:
After being down 45-42 at halftime, Washington shifted the scoring momentum with a defensive balance in the second half to come back and take the victory. The Mystics started off the third quarter with a 14-0 run not allowing a score from Atlanta until majority of the third quarter was done.
Washington’s stifling defense held Atlanta to just seven points (1-10 FG) in the third in comparison to Mystics’ 28 points. Not only that but Mystics held Tiffany Hayes to just two points in the second half.
In the first half, Washington started off the game with a run, but the Dream immediately came through with shots falling especially for Hayes who had 16 points at the half. Most of Atlanta’s offensive power in the first half was from dominating the glass offensively. Monique Billings off the bench was a definite ball-hawk in rebounding grabbing 6 offensive rebounds finishing with 14 total rebounds in the game.
But Washington’s dominant defense came through in the second half forcing the Atlanta Dream to go cold. Washington even added a season-low nine turnovers this afternoon and scored 15 points off Atlanta’s turnovers.
Washington finishes off their road trip leg in Chicago on Wednesday. They face the Sky at 12 p.m. at Wintrust Arena. A second meeting of the two, Washington won the last behind Toliver’s 19 points.