The Washington Mystics traveled to Arlington, TX for a thrilling match-up with the Dallas Wings on Tuesday. The Mystics held off the young and fierce Wings in a 101-89 victory featured on ESPN 2.
Superstar Elena Delle Donne lead the Mystics with 23 points, six rebounds, four steals, three blocks and one assist, pushing Washington past Dallas and improving their win streak to five. Guards Tayler Hill and Kristi Toliver both contributed 17 points for the Mystics and center Krystal Thomas and forward Natasha Cloud both led the team with 8 rebounds a piece.
Wings’ guard Skylar Diggins-Clark had 23 points and seven assists for her squad in the loss. Forward Glory Johnson provided 19 points and 8 rebounds and center Theresa Plaisance put up 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to help out their team. Rookie of the Month (May), Allisha Gray, contributed 12 points and seven boards in another solid performance.
The game was close very early, as the Wings lead by two at the end of the 1st quarter. In the second, the Mystics outscored their opponent by 10 to go up 50-42 at half. Dallas would not be able to rally and sustain a lead, even with a late comeback in the 4th quarter.
Washington shot 48% from the field, 44.4% from beyond the arch, and sank 21 of 22 free-throws in the win. The team totaled 35 rebounds, 22 assists, and committed seven turn-overs.
Dallas had a field goal percentage 37.7% and shot just 27.3% from three-point range. The Wings narrowly out-rebounded the Mystics, who came in to the game leading the league in rebounding, with 38 boards. The team had 16 assists and committed 20 turn-overs.
Washington looks to extend their win-streak as they host the unbeaten Minnesota Lynx on Friday in what could be the best match-up of the season thus far.
Dallas is now on a three-game losing skid and will host the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks on Friday in Arlington.
Mystics seem to be gelling very well, even after some injuries and without their starting center Emma Meeseman who is playing for her national team in Eurobasket. Many want to know if the acquisition of Delle Donne elevates the Mystics to a more competitive level than in recent years past. We will get that first real chance to evaluate on Friday.
The Wings are young and growing pains are to be expected. The loss of center Courtney Paris has left them very small inside the paint. Yet, they are still competitive and you can never count them out of a game, as they are one of the quickest teams in the league and can literally light it up from three-point range from just about every position. This match-up on Friday against Los Angeles should be very fun to watch.