The Washington Mystics (5-12) defeated the Chicago Sky (11-8) on Friday, 79-69 in a game where they never trailed. It’s also another signature win in an otherwise rough 2020 season.
Leilani Mitchell was the hero in this contest, scoring 20 points and dishing a career-high 12 assists. Along the way she made four three pointers and deserves the game ball for tonight.
Washington started out strong in this game with a 32-21 lead after the first quarter. Though the Sky cut into the lead in the second, Washington managed to keep a 45-40 lead at halftime.
The Sky always had a chance to take the lead but ultimately never did. In the fourth quarter, the Mystics were able to get a double digit lead early and even though Chicago managed to trail by as few as four points, a 67-63 deficit with 5:26 to go, the Mystics went on a 9-1 run from there including this Ariel Atkins three to effectively seal the deal with 2:29 left.
In addition to Mitchell’s numbers, Myisha Hines-Allen got another double with a 19 point, 10 rebound performance. Emma Meesseman added 15 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with 16 points and 11 assists, but besides her and Cheyenne Parker’s 17 point, 8-of-9 shooting performance, the Sky didn’t have very much offensive production from their core starters including Allie Quigley, who had 12 points, but shot just 4-of-14 from the field to get there.
The Mystics will be back in action on Sunday, when they play the Dallas Wings. Gametime is 4 p.m. ET.