Mystics Punch Ticket to First Ever WNBA Finals, Defeat Atlanta, 86-81

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Atlanta, GA–

There have been plenty of great players over the past 21 years the Washington Mystics have been a WNBA franchise. Names like McCray, Holdsclaw are just a few that have built the foundation for Elena Delle Donne and crew to finally make it to the WNBA Finals, but it wasn’t easy. There have been plenty of years that watching this team was extremely tough, if not on the list to miss all together. Those days are gone and perhaps this is the year for another Washington team to do what no one thought they would do, win a title.

Tonight may have been the grittiest game the Mystics have played all season long. No one would have thought that Ariel Adkins would be the player that might be most remembered during this series, as tonight she, as a rookie played the best game of her career with 20 points and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

After the game Delle Donne was asked what was special about this game and what it took to take down the Dream that gave them problems in the final minute.

“We played with grit tonight,” said Delle Donne. “These girls just expected me to give them a little push and they were responsible for the rest.”

For the Mystics, they await the winner of the matchup in Game 5 of Phoenix and Seattle.

The tentative schedule will be as follows for the Mystics

If Phoenix should win tonight Games 1 and 2 would be at George Mason on September 6 and 9th. If Seattle wins, the Mystics would go on the road for Games 1 and 2 and Games 3 and 4 would be at George Mason on Sept 12th and 14th.

 

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