The Washington Mystics got their second straight win over the Las Vegas Aces, 95-72 and are gaining momentum on the road.
Elena Delle Donne finally had her breakout game after a very slow start. She scored 29 points and 11 rebounds in the game.
But this game was truly a team effort. Everyone scored in the game especially the infamous “Bench Mob,” finishing with 28 points as a whole. Tianna Hawkins contributed 15 of those 28 points along with four rebounds.
And that’s not all! Atkins scored 19 points, three rebounds and two steals. Knocking down three of her four three-point shot attempts was a plus as well.
As for the Aces, A’ja Wilson (28 points) and Liz Cambage (14 points) did the majority of the work but with little help as their backcourt shot just 4-of-25 tonight.
After the game, Delle Donne mentioned they love each other on and off the court and it shows when they play together as a team.
Adding positives on the Mystics’ side of things, they did not miss a single free throw in the game. Also, Washington shot 52.9 percent overall and 50 percent from three-point range. Now that’s how you shoot!
- Washington starts off hot as usual — The Mystics are very good at getting everyone involved early. Atkins hit a three-pointer to start the game off, one of the two she made in the first half. Atkins at the half shot 100 percent with 10 points, one steal, one block, and one rebound.
- Atkins gets back in form — After a recent slump, Atkins has returned to being a dominant force in just her second year. Leading all scorers at the half was Delle Donne with 16 points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one assist. Delle Donne has been a factor in all the games shes’s played in, but many were still waiting on that 20-plus points a game average everyone is used to seeing.
- Backcourt defense was spectacular — Containing Cambage and Wilson was definitely a challenge, but no team is going to stop them. However, Washington stopped Las Vegas’ starting three guards (Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride, Jackie Young) to just three combined points in the first half. The Mystics are among the best in the league forcing steals and turnovers on opponents.
Washington ends the West Coast part of their road trip 2-0, but they still have two more road games to go in the East. They’ll be visiting the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. ET in State Farm Arena. Last these two teams faced off, the Mystics hosted the Dream in their first home-opener, winning 96-75. Let’s do it again!