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Delle Donne, Mystics wrap up WNBA season with 1st title

Oct. 11, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled through...

Sun hope to rise again in 2020 after losing in WNBA Finals

Oct. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun's title hopes don't end with Thursday's loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the Finals. Coach Curt Miller will return a young team in 2020 that he believes could be perennial contenders....

Bringing it home: Delle Donne, Mystics earn 1st WNBA crown

Oct. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne felt cursed. Every time she made it to the game's biggest stage, she was hindered by injuries. This time around it was three herniated disks in her back. The league's MVP wouldn't let that keep her from her first WNBA championship. Emma Meesseman scored 22 points and...

WNBA Finals comes down to a decisive Game 5 in Washington

Oct. 9, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals. It's a series that has had its share of drama. There is an injured superstar playing in pain, a head coach facing the program he led for...

Sun force Game 5 in WNBA Finals with 90-86 win over Mystics

Oct. 8, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over the final...

Delle Donne provides emotional lift for the Mystics

Oct. 7, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Elena Delle Donne spent the last five days fighting a back injury and doing everything she could to play in the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. She is not about to miss Game 4. The league MVP and the Washington Mystics are one win away from the first title in franchise history after a 94-81 victory on Sunday....

Mystics want to clinch in Connecticut for coach Thibault

Oct. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington, of course, would take its first WNBA championship no matter where it happens. But the Mystics want to win it in Connecticut on Tuesday in part for their coach. Mike Thibault spent 10 years in Uncasville and led the Connecticut Sun to eight playoff appearances, including...

Mystics beat Sun 94-81 to take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals

Oct. 6, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington didn't need Elena Delle Donne to be a superstar on Sunday, they just needed her to be out on the court. The WNBA's MVP provided an emotional lift by playing through a back injury and her teammates responded with a solid effort to beat Connecticut 94-81 and move the...

Delle Donne, Atkins question marks for Game 3 of WNBA Finals

Oct. 5, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault says his team is prepared to play the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals without league MVP Elena Delle Donne and guard Ariel Atkins. The pair combined for 43 points last week in leading the Mystics to a nine-point opening-game win, but both...

Jones helps Sun even series as Delle Donne exits for Mystics

Oct. 1, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun know they'll get to play two games at home. The Washington Mystics hope to have Elena Delle Donne back for both of them. Jonquel Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Sun took advantage of Delle Donne's early injury exit to beat the Mystics 99-87 in...