Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
With the Washington Mystics already setting themselves up for a double bye going into the first round of the WNBA playoffs with the best record in the league, why not finish off the season with another convincing victory over the Chicago Sky, 100-83? Then also finish the day with one, if not the best players in franchise history set some WNBA records at the same time.
Delle Donne became the first player in WNBA history to shoot over 50% from the field (220 of 427), 40% from 3-point range (52 of 121) and 90% from the foul line (114 of 117). Her free throw percent of 97.4 is a record for a player with at least 100 attempts.
Washington lead 56-39 at the half but Chicago cut the lead to six in the final minute of the third quarter. Tianna Hawkins answered with a layup for the Mystics and after a Sun miss Myisha Hines-Allen hit a 3 with 1.5 seconds left to restore the double-figure lead. Chicago never challenged in the final minutes.
After the game several of her former teammates came over to congratulate Delle Donne and like she has been for so many games, super humble about here contributions this season.
“I am just glad I can come out here and help all of my teammates bring their best everyday. I feel like we are where we need to be to bring a championship to D.C this season and we can use this bye to continue to work on what will make this team even better in the playoffs, said Delle Donne.”
Washington will host the first two playoff games on September 17th and 19th.