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The Washington Mystics Win The WNBA Crown

October 11, 2019

A night after the Washington Nationals won a decisive 5th game to move into the league semi-final round, the Washington Mystics won a winner take all, #5 at home vs the Connecticut Sun, to claim their first WNBA crown.

Playoffs MVP, Emma Meesseman led the way with 22 points, while Elena Delle Donne, playing through injury, added 21.

Emma Cloud hit some big shots and the Mystics (8-0) run to break a 72 all tie proved decisive in the (89-78) win.

It is the first title as head coach for Mike Thibault, who was an assistant coach on two Lakers’ title teams (’80 and ’82), the ’82 team with Bob McAdoo coming off the bench, being in my opinion, the one that would win vs any other team.

The Sun in their 21st season (’99 as the Orlando Miracle-2019) played well, (Jacquel Jones had a game high 25 points), but lost in the final for the third time, the first two under Mike Thibault.

In winning the ’80 and ’82 crowns, the Lakers with Thibault on the staff, won quarterfinal series vs the Phoenix Suns, who have now played 51 seasons (’69-2019) with nary an NBA title.

Inside The W With Michelle Smith: Mystics Win It All

Click above for a nice article by WNBA “maven” Michelle Smith

 

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Elena Delle Donne, pictured above,  played on two teams that were swept in the final, one being the Mystics last season, but now she and her fine team win in the maximum 5 games, to bring the title to “Wash” D.C.

 

 

 

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