Game 1 Recap
The Washington Mystics (27-8; 1-0) defeated the Las Vegas Aces (21-13; 1-1), 97-95, Tuesday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Semifinals at Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) in Congress Heights. Washington now holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Washington tied a franchise playoff high with 97 points scored. The Mystics converted on 38-85 field goals, both franchise playoff records.
Mystics forward Emma Meesseman led the team with a playoff career-high 27 points on 12-18) from the field and 2-4 from 3-point range to go along with 10 rebounds, registering her second career postseason double-double. Meesseman's 12 field goals made set a new Mystics playoff record.
Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, playing in her sixth WNBA postseason, scored 24 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Her six assists tied her playoff career high. Delle Donne shot 10-22 from the field, tying a playoff career high in field goal attempts. Delle Donne has now scored 15+ points in 16 of her last 19 postseason games.
Mystics center LaToya Sanders recorded five steals, tying the Mystics all-time playoff record, previously set by Chamique Holdsclaw against Charlotte on August 15, 2002.
Mystics guard Natasha Cloud scored 12 points, one short of a postseason career high, on 4-8 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc.
Washington trailed Las Vegas, 57-50, at halftime. Delle Donne led the Mystics with 12 points, to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Meesseman tallied 12 points of her own on 6-9 from the field.
The Mystics host the Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals on Thursday, September 19 at 8:30 p.m. at ESA. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
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