Wow, what a game! The Mystics won 76-74 on Sunday afternoon on the road against the Dallas Wings. They are now 16-11 in the 2018 regular season and remain in fourth place in the WNBA standings.
There were times when it looked like Washington would lose. They were down seven points in the fourth quarter and let the Wings make a big run on them in the third quarter. Elena Delle Donne had an off day shooting the basketball where she only scored five points on 2 of 5 shooting.
But Kristi Toliver led Washington’s scorers with 16 points and shot the game winner with 1.4 seconds left. And every other Mystics starter scored in double figures. All in all, this was a great gritty win for the Mystics, who played for the first time since Tuesday. Their home game last Friday against the Las Vegas Aces was canceled after the Aces players decided not to play.
Alright, here are some high level takeaways from this game:
Kristi Toliver makes daggers too!
Earlier this season, Delle Donne scored the game winning shot in June over the New York Liberty. But this time, Toliver had her number called, made a dribble move for separation, and drained a fadeaway jumper:
If you aren’t familiar with Toliver’s game throughout her entire WNBA and college career, she is also well-known for making a game tying three late in regulation in the 2006 NCAA women’s basketball championship game for Maryland when they played Duke. Maryland would go on to win in overtime.
She has big time fans too, ladies and gentlemen:
Aerial Powers gets her revenge game in
In July, the Mystics and Wings had a trade deadline move which swapped the two guards. Hill came off the bench for Dallas, scoring 8 points but on 3 of 10 shooting. Meanwhile for the Mystics.
Powers scored seven points but did so shooting 2 of 5 from the field. Both played significant minutes earlier this afternoon. Powers also scored all her points in the fourth quarter which makes this win just that much sweeter for her. In fact, Powers was just making an impact throughout the game in any way she could.
LaToya Sanders is the efficient post Washington needs
Sanders scored 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting while also rebounding the ball five times and dishing three assists. Take a look at two of her highlights in the tweets below.
The Mystics’ next game is on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET when they play the Phoenix Mercury in another tiebreaker game.