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Mystics earn double-bye, advance to WNBA semifinals for third consecutive year

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They are still one game ahead of the Connecticut Sun, so their goal of earning the top overall seed isn’t set in stone just yet.

Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun
Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics will get a double-bye in the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. They still want the No. 1 seed anyway.
Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Washington Mystics are 23-8 and lead the WNBA standings. This is nothing new. However, they now have clinched their best regular season in franchise history, a top-two seed and a berth to the WNBA semifinals. This is because they have three remaining regular season games while the third place Las Vegas Aces and fourth place Los Angeles Sparks have 12 losses each.

Though things are trending up for Washington, they are just one game ahead of the second place Connecticut Sun (22-9). The Sun hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington. And they have a favorable end-of-season schedule with games against the Wings and Fever, not unlike the Mystics who have games against the Wings and Liberty.

We only have one more week left in the 2019 WNBA regular season. However, it’s also safe to say that the Mystics won’t be looking to take things easy with the Sun still breathing down their necks.