The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun 89-78, earning the team's first WNBA championship in franchise history.
All the drama of the playoff came down to Game 5 back in Washington DC, with Emma Meesseman of the Mystics ending the night with 22 points; she was also named Finals MVP.
Jonquel Jones of the Sun's finished with 25 points and nine rebounds. Washington Mystics have been in the league since 1998, and it wasn't until 2017 that they made it to the WNBA playoffs. During their first-ever appearance in the Finals last season, the Mystics lost to the Seattle Storm - legends of the WNBA.
This was the seventh series in league history that had gone to a deciding Game 5, and the home team has won five of them.
Delle Donne, who has been dealing with a herniated disk in her back, scored four points during a decisive 8-0 run that gave the Mystics an 80-72 lead with under three minutes left.
- It’s #NationalComingOutDay
- Naomi Osaka chooses to represent Japan
- Arsenal’s Emma Mitchell opens up about mental wellbeing
Delle Donne came to Washington three years ago in a trade from Chicago, hoping to get the Mystics their first title.
The victory gave coach Mike Thibault his first WNBA championship. The league's all-time winningest coach had reached the Finals three times in his career; twice with Connecticut and last season with Washington, but fell short each time. But congrats to the Washington Mystics for a great win last night.News Now - Sport News