The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship for the first time in franchise history. They have sealed the title with a thrilling 89-78 Game 5 victory over the Connecticut Sun where Emma Meesseman named as the Finals MVP with 22 points, while Elena Delle Donne with 21 points bagged her second WNBA MVP title since winning the first with Chicago in 2015, becoming the first WNBA player to earn the honor with two teams. Hurry up and be our next winner here at 12BET Sportsbook as you register an account now!
It was a thrilling conclusion to an entertaining series where Mystics spent much of the first 15 years at the bottom of the league until it ended with a powerful duo that performed impressively. Emma Meesseman missed last season while playing with the Belgian national team. She scored 16 points off the bench at the end of the third period to get the Mystics within 64-62 heading into the final quarter.
“I just really, really wanted to win this game, so I just came on the court, and I knew that it was a moment that we needed some energy, and I was just going at the basket and it was going in, so I just kept going,” she said after the game.” Meesseman said. She also said that “the trophy” was her motivation in the game. It’s a championship game. That’s all I need. I’m just playing basketball. Today I just shot my shot.”
Meanwhile, Delle Donne endure three herniated disk in her back and a recurring attack of Lyme disease but managed to score 4 points that gave the Mystics an 80-72 lead with under three minutes left. In total, she produced had 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the decisive game of the series.
“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words to win it with such a great group of people. We wanted to win it for the person next to us. We’ll remember this season. I’m kind of sad the season’s about to be over. My goodness, we sure ended this on a high note,” Delle Donne said after winning.
With 50 seconds left, the home crowd started chanting “Run it back,” which is Washington’s unofficial slogan after it reached the Finals for the first time last year but got thrashed in three games by the Seattle Storm. The Mystics finished the regular season with a 26-8 record, the best in team history.
Mystics head coach Mike Thibault also clinched his first championship on his fourth trip to the Finals— two with the Mystics, two with the Connecticut since he moved to the WNBA in 2002. “I’m just so happy for all these players and the organization who bought into what I was selling seven years ago. That there was a path to get out of what was a pretty desperate time here.”
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