The Washington Mystics season has officially come to a close in a 83-77 loss to the Minnesota Lynx. This was the Mystics final chance to clinch the final playoff spot but the Lynx just wouldn’t let up. Minnesota was playing to move up from fourth to third in seeding.
Turnovers and shots not falling as much and of course some issues with the refs caused the Mystics their demise and ended their season. Washington only made seven three-pointers out of 22 attempts and also had a total of 15 turnovers. One of those turnovers sealed the game for the Mystics as Myisha Hines-Allen tried to find Natasha Cloud but the ball was stolen and the Lynx knocked down four free throws for the win.
The heart and spirit of the team in Cloud was keeping Washington alive. She had 22 points and five assists along with two steals.
Ariel Atkins had 17 points while Tina Charles notched a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Aerial Powers, former Mystics player, took over the entire game as she had 27 points and just could not be stopped. Mystics defense held Sylvia Fowles to just eight points, six of which was scored in the second half.
Here’s how the playoff scenario looked before the game started.
Looking ahead to tomorrow's slate of five games, we put together a quick guide on how the final playoff seeds will be determined ⤵ pic.twitter.com/cOxxhieh2j— Her Hoop Stats (@herhoopstats) September 18, 2021
This season was riddled with injuries to key players such as Elena Delle Donne, Alysha Clark and also Myisha Hines-Allen for some games. Head Coach Mike Thibault missed the final two games of the season due to testing positive for COVID as well. His presence was definitely missed. The off-season begins now and it’ll be interesting to see who’ll remain on the roster and who won’t.