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Mystics Take 2-0 Lead, Look for Sweep Sunday

September 21, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Washington Mystics News Release

The Washington Mystics (28-8; 2-0) defeated the Las Vegas Aces (21-15; 0-2), 103-91, in Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals Thursday night at Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) in Congress Heights. Washington now leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.

The Mystics head to Las Vegas to take on the Aces in Game 3 of the WNBA Semifinals on Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

Washington's 103 points scored are the most points scored in a playoff game in franchise history, topping a pair of 97-point performances, one of which came in Game 1 against Las Vegas.

The Mystics shot 38-73 (.521) from the field, tying the franchise playoff record for field goals made in a single game, tying the mark set in Game 1 against Las Vegas.

Mystics forward Emma Meesseman led the Mystics with 30 points on 11-19 (.578) from the field. Meesseman's 30 points match her career high and set a new playoff career high, topping her 27-point performance in Game 1 vs. Las Vegas. Meesseman also set career highs in 3-point field goals (5) and 3-point field goal attempts (7). Meesseman fell two points shy of tying Washington's all-time playoff record for points scored in a game (32).

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud tied the Mystics single-game playoff record with 11 assists en route to her first career playoff double-double. Cloud's 11 assists tied her own career high (including regular season games) and her 18 points were the most she has scored in a playoff game.

Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, who was named WNBA MVP for the second time in her career prior to Game 2, recorded her eighth career playoff double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Mystics center LaToya Sanders scored 17 points, a new playoff career high, on 7-10 (.700) shooting to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Sanders has recorded multiple blocks and multiple steals in each of Washington's playoff games this season.

Mystics guard Ariel Atkins set a new playoff career high with 4 assists.

Washington has now recorded 10 or fewer turnovers in four consecutive playoff games.

The Mystics led the Aces, 50-49, at halftime. Meesseman paced Washington's offense, tallying 16 points on 7-11 (.636) from the field to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Washington shot 52.6% from the field and converted on all eight free throw attempts in the first two quarters.

Open Mic

MYSTICS CENTER LATOYA SANDERS

On her performance in Game 2:

"I just take what the defense gives me. Like I keep telling everybody, my job is probably the easiest on the team because when they are doubling Elena [Delle Donne] and Emma [Meesseman], my job is basically to hit wide open shots and layups. I'm pretty sure I can do those two things. I just take what the defense gives me. Defensively, [Liz] Cambage is a talent. She's a big girl, so I just do what I can to just try to difficult for her. She's going to hit a bucket here and there, but I just try to dish it out as much as I can get."

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