The Washington Mystics (20-7) had one hell of a game against the Indiana Fever on Sunday, dominating with a 107-68 home court win. Mystics are currently the top seed going into the WNBA playoffs and arguably the deepest team in the league. But this was more than just the latest victory in their six-game streak.
Here’s why the win was special.
All 18 of our record breaking threes!! pic.twitter.com/GqE21n9XSe— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 18, 2019
Two WNBA records set
Nine of those players combined for 18 threes to set the WNBA record for the most triples made in a single game. On top of that, every single player who stepped on the court scored. That marks their 11th win by 20 or more points, the most by any WNBA team.
The Mystics saw four players in double digits—Elena Delle Donne (25), Aerial Powers (19), Ariel Atkins (14), Emma Meesseman (11)—and new season highs for the squad.
107 points, the most scored in a single game this season. 36 points in the third, the most in a quarter. 64 in the second half, the most scored in a half. 30 assists; shoutout Natasha Cloud, who just last Friday passed Alana Beard to become the team’s all-time leader in assists (570 career dimes). And get this: Only 6 turnovers, a season low for the Mystics.
Delle Donne, cited their defense and seven steals as key factors in the night’s success. Powers, who made four of the squad’s 18 threes, meanwhile said: “Today we just let it fly.”
Playing for a cause
This is part of the Mystics’ “Block Out Cancer” month. On the court, players balled out in their pink-accented jerseys, while coaches pinned pink ribbons to their uniforms. Injured player and Washington Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver wore a maroon suit and pink Jordans. During the game, there was also a silent auction for game-worn clothing to raise money for the Capital Breast Care Center.
Each WNBA team supports different causes. The Phoenix Mercury donates $50 to the Arizona Humane Society for every “Brittney Block.” As an organization, the WNBA has the “Take A Seat, Take A Stand” campaign. Here’s how the league describes the program: “For every ticket purchased, fans can choose from one of six organizations to which the WNBA will donate $5. A ticket donation will also be made to send a young woman or girl to a game in an effort to inspire her by the strength, talent and leadership of the women of the WNBA.”
If you ask us, that makes every record, every game, and every shot all the more meaningful.
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