Washington Mystics take out the Los Angeles Sparks, 95-66, behind a dominant scoring bench and a great defensive effort all around. This victory tied the franchise record for most wins in a single season at 22 (Mystics were 22-12 in 2018).
Also, Natasha Cloud was awarded the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award prior to the game for her efforts in the community.
A hot first half from Washington
It was game on from the start for the Mystics as they came out strong. Elena Delle Donne and Cloud combined for 25 points in the first half. Cloud had 13 of her 15 total points and shot 100 percent from the floor, including 3-3 from three-point. Delle Donne added 12 of her 14 points and shot 2-2 from three-point. They made five of the Mystics nine made three-pointers in the first half.
Here’s Cloud from deeeeeppp!
Cloud also had six assists and three steals, while Delle Donne added five rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
It was pretty low-scoring for the Mystics starters only because everyone contributed heavily allowing the starters to sit out for most of the second half. The reserves came through pushing and maintaining Washington’s double digit lead for the rest of the game.
Washington’s reserves added 47 of Mystics’ 95 total points
Aerial Powers who has been starting for the last several games in place of Kristi Toliver came off the bench scoring a game-high 20 points for the Mystics. Add four rebounds and two steals of the teams 12 total steals to her stat line for the night as well.
Emma Meesseman came through with 12 points of her own followed by Tianna Hawkins with eight and Myisha Hines-Allen with seven points.
Overall the mystics shot 47.7 percent as a team leading to the demise of the Sparks whose highest scorers was Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray with 12 points each. Washington’s defense forced 15 turnovers and held a decent three-point shooting team to just three made three-pointers out of 21 attempts (14.3 percent).
This is the team to beat! The road to the semifinals is looking mighty close for Washington.
The Mystics will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 31 as they face off against the Dallas Wings on the road. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.