The last time the Mystics faced the Connecticut Sun, they were lifting the WNBA Championship Trophy after the game. The stakes and setting were a bit different on Tuesday evening, in this rematch of the 2019 WNBA Finals. Washington was able to sustain a late surge from Connecticut and maintain their perfect start to the season, 94-89.
The first half was a back and forth affair between the two teams. Neither team was able to pull ahead, with the halftime score being 52-48. Things changed in the second half.
The Mystics were able to build their lead up to double digits at times. Ariel Powers had a sensational second half. Whether it was stepping back for three pointers, finding her teammates for open layups, or using crafty moves to get to the basket.
Powers’ second half play led to her scoring a career high 27 points. But Connecticut kept threatening to comeback and make it a game.
Late in the 4th quarter, Connecticut was able to cut Washington’s lead down to 3, and had a chance to cut that lead to a single point. Washington had some luck on their side, as Alyssa Thomas missed an open layup with about 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Leilani Mitchell was able to ice the game for the Mystics with two free throws.
With this win, Washington improves to 2-0 on the season. The Mystics will be back in action on Thursday July 30 as they take on the Seattle Storm. Tipoff is at 6:00 pm on ESPN.