The Washington Mystics (20-8) lost to to the Chicago Sky (17-11) on Friday, 85-78 and their six-game win streak came to an end. The loss also dropped the Mystics to second place in the WNBA standings with the Connecticut Sun (20-8) who hold the tiebreaker after an 89-85 win over the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night.
Diamond DeShields was huge for Chicago, scoring 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 3-of-5 from the three-point line. Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points and 9 assists and Stefanie Dolson scored 18 more points for the Sky, who already made WNBA Playoffs for the first time since 2016 — when Delle Donne was playing for them.
The third quarter was a major turning point in the Sky’s favor. They held the Mystics to 5-of-17 shooting and while shooting 8-of-15 themselves. Ultimately, that helped Chicago eliminate a 49-42 halftime deficit and turn it into a 64-62 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Sky was able to extend their lead to 9 points in the last period but the Mystics were able to narrow the deficit to 4 points late in the game but weren’t able to capitalize on their shot opportunities to make the comeback.
Washington just had trouble getting things going in the second half. They shot under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from the three-point line as a team. Elena Delle Donne scored 16 points for Washington but she also shot just 5-of-14 from the field.
Not all games are easy to win. Washington was certainly going to get Chicago’s best shot and sometimes, losses are going to happen.
The win is also therapeutic for the Sky. The Mystics have swept the Sky in each of the last two seasons since Delle Donne was traded to Washington. Now, Chicago was able to get the monkey off their back and continue their comeback season.
Washington heads back on Sunday, Aug. 25 to play the New York Liberty. Tipoff is at 3 p,m. ET.