The Washington Mystics (20-7) are on another level right now. They won their sixth consecutive game, beating the Indiana Fever (9-17), 101-68. That’s right, Washington won by 39 points!
Elena Delle Donne led Washington’s scorers with 25 points and Aerial Powers added 19 more. The Mystics drained 18-of-39 three point shots to open a large lead on the Fever and never trailed. The 18 threes are a WNBA record!
In fact, Washington just ran up the score on a hapless Indiana team from start to finish. Tianna Hawkins made two free throws with 22 seconds left in the game to give Washington their biggest lead — the final score.
Before some accuse the Mystics of running up the score in an unsportsmanlike manner, Delle Donne, LaToya Sanders and Natasha Cloud did not play in the fourth quarter. Instead, the reserves were showing their mettle on the court. We finally got a chance to see Kim Mestdagh and Shey Peddy on the court for a significant stretch.
For those of you who are familiar with Mestdagh’s game, she’s great at shooting threes. You would think she made a couple today when the Mystics made a WNBA-record number. Unfortunately, she didn’t make her one three-point attempt. But she did dish three assists like this one!
UPDATE: We weren't lying... It's a party pic.twitter.com/PIxsOHVAqX— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 18, 2019
The Mystics are looking really, really good at the moment. They haven’t just clinched their third 20-win regular season in franchise history. And they aren’t just first place in the WNBA standings. Washington is now 1.5 games ahead of the Connecticut Sun and is in very good position to earn a bye to the WNBA semifinals!
The Mystics now have a few days off to rest. Their next is game is on Friday when they go on the road to face the Chicago Sky. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.