The Washington Mystics are just ONE game away from winning the 2019 WNBA Finals. They defeated the Connecticut Sun 94-81 in Game 3 on Sunday afternoon in Uncasville, Conn. after making a WNBA all-time-high 16 threes and outrebounding their opponents 34-27.
Kristi Toliver led the way with 20 point, 10 assist performance. She shot 7-of-9 from the field and made all four of her three pointers. Emma Meesseman led Washington’s scorers with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting where she made 3-of-4 three pointers, including key shots to keep the Sun from making a comeback late in the game. Meesseman’s outbursts came in the fourth quarter when she scored 13 points and drained all her threes.
Washington started the game strong with a 32-17 first quarter lead. Kristi Toliver and Natasha Cloud scored 8 points each as the Mystics shot 12-of-18 from the field as they led by as many as 17 points at one point.
Of course, the Sun had plenty of counterattacks up their sleeves. They made a 12-2 run to close out the second quarter before Toliver made a buzzer-beating shot to end it. From there, Washington came right back to take a 68-57 lead after a strong third quarter where they shot 58.8 percent from the field while holding Connecticut to just 35.7 percent shooting.
Though the Sun were able to keep things interesting in the fourth, like I wrote earlier, #PlayoffEmma came back to close the game out.
EMMA MEESSEMAN— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) October 6, 2019
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Elena Delle Donne started the game despite suffering back spasms in Game 2 and scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Ariel Atkins, who also had a back injury from this past weekend, was able to play. She scored just 2 points on 1-of-7 shooting though.
The Mystics are on the cusp of winning the WNBA title, but there is still one more win to go. They will get a chance to seal the deal in Game 4 this Tuesday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET which you can watch on ESPN2.