• Cyrus Rogers

Mystics are one win away from title

The Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 94-81 to grab hold of a 2-1 lead in the WNBA Finals. The Mystics are now one victory away from clinching the WNBA Championship and could do it early on Wednesday morning.

The Sun didn’t have an answer for the red-hot Mystics who had seemed all at sea before Game 3 tipped off. Reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne was doubtful as she struggled with a herniated disk that’s pinching a nerve in her back. Delle Donne did something similar to what she did in last season’s finals, she shrugged off the injury to take her place on the court. Delle Donne gave her teammates the lift they needed psychologically as he presence brought stability to the group. Delle Donne ended the contest with a solid 13 points as she went 5 of 6 from the floor. Her presence was the catalyst for the Mystics who took the win on the road.

It wasn’t EDD who took the limelight though as Emma Meesseman top scored with 21 points off the bench. It was another sparkling display from the 6 foot 4 Belgian who also grabbed 6 rebounds. However, veteran point guard Kristi Toliver was the real star player for the visitors. Toliver ended the game with 20 points and 10 assists. She was running the show, both scoring and finding her teammates with ease. She made big play after big play, including a buzzer-beater to end the second quarter that had more than a hint of a travel about it.

The Sun will feel they did everything they could to get the victory at home but faced a Washington team who were on fire and rallied whenever they faced any Sun pressure.

Shekinna Stricklen and Jasmine Thomas were the driving forces for the home side as both scored 16 points, Thomas also dished 6 assists. Bria Holmes was outstanding as she came in as a substitute as she contributed 15 points. Jonquel Jones wasn’t at her best for Connecticut as she finished with only 9 points and 9 boards. The whole Sun team will need to be focused as they head into Game 4 on their home court. It could all end in tears and they will battled hard to lengthen these Finals.

Washington and Connecticut face off on Wednesday morning on the same court with the WNBA championship on the line.

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