It wasn’t easy, but the Washington Mystics (6-6) defeated the Indiana Fever (1-14) on Saturday night, 82-77. Washington now moves up to fifth in the WNBA standings while Indiana remains last.
In a game that went back and forth from start to finish, the Mystics went on a 10-2 run from being down with 5:56 left in the game to 2:11 left with Ariel Atkins, Tina Charles and Theresa Plaisance scoring during that key run. This run turned a 67-66 deficit to a 76-69 lead in that time, which effectively put the game out of reach.
Washington entered today’s game very short-handed. Myisha Hines-Allen and Erica McCall sat out due to knee injuries. Kiara Leslie sat out due to concussion protocol, And Elena Delle Donne has still yet to see any game action this season. Since the Fever had their only win of the season against the Mystics heading into tonight, this was definitely one of those “trap” games that make me want to say …. #SoMystics (pre-Thibault years).
In the beginning, it seemed like that upset was going to happen. The Fever had an early double digit lead though Washington closed in toward the end of the first quarter. Washington was ultimately able to finish the first half with a 46-39 lead thanks to a large 16-0 run led by Charles, who scored 23 of her 30 points in that timeframe. Charles also added 15 rebounds and 3 assists.
Indiana came right back in the third quarter and managed to retake the lead, as they shot 60 percent from the filed while Washington was held to just 33 percent and they headed into the fourth quarter with the score tied, 61-all, setting up the stage for Washington’s winning run.
In addition to Charles, Ariel Atkins and Theresa Plaisance added 16 points each. Though Washington got the win, their injury woes got worse because Natasha Cloud left in the first half due to a right ankle sprain and didn’t return to play, but she was on the sidelines later on.
Natasha Cloud being fully into this game is great, but she needs to sit her self down before she twists that ankle even worse. pic.twitter.com/Nwkq5iNayO— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) June 20, 2021
For the Fever, Danielle Robinson led with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
The Mystics will head on the road for a west coast road trip for their next three games. Their first game will be against the Seattle Storm on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET. Hopefully, Cloud isn’t seriously injured and that the rest of their injuries don’t keep piling up.