The Washington Mystics (18-15) managed to get a win in their final home game over the Seattle Storm (14-19), 110-106. It is a huge win for the Mystics, who also clinched a home playoff game in the first round. And it is a big loss for the Storm, who would have clinched the playoffs if they won.
Sue Bird did her thing and broke the all-time assists record in the first few minutes of the first quarter.
In the first half, we saw Meesseman and Delle Donne score a combined 25 of the Mystics total points. Two players being 50 percent of the offense is a lot to ask. Unfortunately, the rest of the team didn’t do much stepping up in the second half, so that meant overtime. Only two other players were in double digits in regulation, ten each.
The Storm had six players in double digits, and that is probably why the Mystics have struggled down the stretch of the season.
Then in overtime, Meesseman took over, scoring 9 points including two clutch threes. It was a free throw fest the rest of the way, but Washington came out with the W.
Elena Delle Donne started slow, but started cooking in the second quarter and never looked back! She went crazy from three, shooting 6-of-9, sixty-six percent. She led the way with 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Emma Meesseman shot 64 percent for the game and ended with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Per the usual, she was the main help for EDD, and hit two killer threes in overtime.
Krystal Thomas scorched the boards once again, finishing with 12 rebounds for the night. Super helpful, and necessary.
Kristi Toliver started out the game hot, hitting her first two threes. But cooled off and tried to hit the game winning shot, but air balled it. She did get 8 assists though. She needs to get her scoring up if the Mystics are going to have any chance in the playoffs.
Allison Hightower came off the bench and had a really nice showing. Ten points, a steal and great energy were really helpful to keep the game close.
The Mystics have one more game, and that is in Minnesota against the Lynx. I am looking forward to seeing if the rest of the team steps up on offense, because there is no way Coach Reeve is going to let Emma and EDD score like they did tonight.