No Elena Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, Erica McCall, Kiara Leslie or Myisha Hines-Allen. And the Washington Mystics still beat the WNBA’s top team, Seattle Storm, 87-83 to snap their five-game winning streak.
Tina Charles led the way as she tied her career-high in points with 36 adding 16 rebounds and five assists. She even made five three-pointers, a career-high. Charles could not be stopped and is proving time and time again she’s the best in the league.
Going back to Washington and their 16 made three-pointers, Charles and Leilani Mitchell had the most with five made threes followed by two apiece from Ariel Atkins and Theresa Plaisance. Plaisance ended the game with 10 points and gave Washington their 16th made three.
Mitchell added 19 points and seven assists to the Mystics win while newly appointed Team USA member, Atkins, had 10 points and six assists of her own.
Washington offensively took over in the first half leading 43-36 but then allowed Seattle back in the game in the third quarter as they were outscored 30-26, but good coaching from Mike Thibault allowed the Mystics to remain focused and get the job done.
A big takeaway from this win is that Washington held Breanna Stewart to under 20 points as she had 17 on 5 of 12 shooting. And that the Mystics only had eight players due to injuries and still silenced doubters with the win.
Also although it’s early, Charles is definitely top candidate for season MVP because her dominance has not let up and won’t ever at the rate she’s going.
Washington hopes to keep their win streak going as they travel to Los Angeles to play the Sparks on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET.