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Mystics Take Game One

September 30, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Washington Mystics News Release

The Washington Mystics (26-8; 4-1), defeated the Connecticut Sun (23-11; 3-1), 95-86, in Game 1 of the 2019 WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV on Sunday afternoon at Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. With the win, Washington takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Washington's win gives them four this postseason, tying a team record for wins in a single postseason. Washington also shot 34-63 (.540) from the field.

Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne led the team with 22 points, shooting 8-13 (.615) from the field to go along with 10 rebounds, becoming the 9th player in WNBA history with 10+ career postseason double-doubles. On a free throw with 5:10 remaining in the second quarter, Delle Donne became the 19th player in WNBA history to surpass 600 career playoff points.

Delle Donne became just the second player this postseason to record 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a single playoff game and has now scored 22+ points in four of five games this postseason.

Mystics forward Ariel Atkins scored 21 points, the most points she has scored in a game this postseason, shooting 6-7 (.857) from the field and 3-4 (.750) from 3-point range. Her three 3-pointers and three steals each tie playoff career highs.

Mystics guard Kristi Toliver scored 18 points and recorded five assists. Toliver hit a pair of 3-pointers, moving her into a tie for 6th place on the WNBA's all-time postseason 3-pointers list, matching Sue Bird with 82. Toliver needs three 3-pointers made to move into a tie for fifth place with former Mystics guard Kara Lawson (85).

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud scored 13 points and dished out seven assists, her fourth game this season with at least six assists. Cloud tied her career postseason high with three 3-pointers made.

Washington led Connecticut, 55-46, at halftime. The Mystics' 55 points set a postseason franchise record for points scored in the first half. Atkins and Delle Donne each scored a team-leading 14 points.

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