Washington Mystics took charge and downed the Chicago Sky going 8-3 on the season. Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists. Of her 22 points, 14 came in the second half including this dagger to seal the win.
It truly has been the Delle Donne show while the Mystics were on the road. In the four-game road trip, Delle Donne averaged 20.2 points per game.
Washington had four players in double figures: Delle Donne (22), Tianna Hawkins (15), Ariel Atkins (14) and Kristi Toliver (10). The Mystics tend to depend on the three-point, but this afternoon’s game was short of that as they only went 2-15 from behind the arc. Those two belonged to Hawkins in the first half.
This team has been playing very well on all cylinders nonetheless. And might I add the Mystics went 4-0 while on the road!
Facing Chicago a second time
This second meeting was VERY different from the last especially coming from the offensive side for Chicago. Allie Quigley who scored zero points in the last meeting, shot 100 percent from the floor in the first half with 12 points, finishing the game with 21 points. Stefanie Dolson added 13 points of her own.
As for Washington, the stifling defense remained causing the Sky to have 17 turnovers. Mystics turned those turnovers into 17 points. As a team, Washington had 11 steals, five alone came from Atkins as well as three blocks.
Mystics held Diamond DeShields to just eight points on 3-of-15 shooting, while the last game she was 9-of-15 with 24 points. Although Quigley was 5-5 in the first half, Washington defense held her to just 3-8 shooting in the second half.
This has looked very good for Washington coming off a west coast, east coast four-game road trip and not losing one game. But the bigger test comes this Saturday when the Mystics host the Connecticut Sun, who they’ve lost to twice on the road. The Sun are currently the league-best right now standing at 9-2.
The game will begin at 2 p.m. in the Entertainment and Sports Arena where the Mystics will have the annual Pride celebration.