The Washington Mystics finished their preseason on a high note as they defeated the Atlanta Dream 75-64. Guards Ariel Atkins and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the way to a Mystics victory combining for 33 points.
Walker-Kimbrough had 18 points, three rebounds and two assists and Atkins had 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal. This isn’t the first time Atkins stepped up against Atlanta leading to a victory. Last meeting, she scored 20 points leading to Washington’s first appearance in the WNBA Finals.
The Mystics started off the game strong defensively holding the Dream to just 19 points in the first half, four points in the second quarter alone.
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Walker-Kimbrough was on fire in the first half with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists while also shooting 100 percent from three-point. Emma Meesseman and Tianna Hawkins had six points each off the bench.
The momentum definitely shifted in the third quarter as Atlanta outscored Washington 31-18 to bring their at first deficit of 21 down to eight by the end of the third. Washington managed to fix all that with help from Atkins who scored 11 points in the second half after having only four in the first half.
A strong start in the final quarter allowed the Mystics to extend the lead and finish out the game victorious.
For the Dream, Tiffany Hayes had a team-high 17 points followed by Brittney Sykes with 10 points. Sykes struggled shooting only making three of 11 shot attempts.
- Notable players who did not play for Washington are Aerial Powers and Natasha Cloud. Powers just signed an extension with the Mystics and is battling a left gluteal injury. Cloud had an undisclosed hand injury sustained in practice from last Wednesday.
- The preseason is over meaning the final waivers will begin to take place to cut down the roster to 12 by May 23, day before the WNBA regular season begins.
- Kim Mestdagh should be in Washington this weekend. Time for us to brush up our Dutch and French skills!