The Washington Mystics are now one win away, or a Dallas loss to the New York Liberty, from clinching the eighth and final playoff spot. Washington defeated the Liberty, 75-58, on Saturday afternoon to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Myisha Hines-Allen and Ariel Atkins were the key to the Mystics victory combining for 43 points. Hines-Allen had 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Atkins had 18 points, five rebounds and five steals. Leilani Mitchell was the third Mystic in double figures with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Hines-Allen even put the moves on her New York opponents with this easy score! The way she’s been playing it’s no case for why she shouldn’t be Most Improved Player.
Although Emma Meesseman didn’t have a superb scoring night only having eight points, she still helped out with her six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Meesseman was able to find her teammates every way she could.
The Mystics led all through the game outscoring the Liberty in each quarter, dominating defensively in the third quarter only allowing New York to score 11 points. The Liberty only had two players in double figures with 15 points each, Kia Nurse and Kiah Stokes.
Washington has one more game left on Sunday against the Atlanta Dream that was previously postponed due to the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin. On that day the Mystics arrived wearing white shirts with seven bullet holes in the back and a letter on each shirt spelling out his name.
This game on Sunday Washington should not take lightly. As mentioned before if they win, then the Mystics are in the playoffs after what seemed like a hopeless season. Washington came into this reduced season with only one returning starter and a slew of changes to the team because of injuries. They even, after starting off 3-0, lost seven straight games in the season. But now they’re here and ready to still defend their 2019 WNBA Championship.
The game against the Dream is on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET and airing on Facebook and NBC Sports Washington.