The Washington Wizards were on hand last night to support the ladies of their hometown Mystics and man was this a site to see; not to mention the fellas rock some pretty dope kicks. Other notable Wizards in attendance court side were Wizards superstars Bradley Beal and John Wall.
Early in the 1st Quarter the Mystics took a blow to the gut when 2019 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne motioned to the bench for a sub, and immediately headed towards the locker room. Speculations began to swirl surrounding Delle Donne’s unknown injury at the time making her statue “questionable” for the game. Later it was revealed that the MVP seem to be suffering from back spasms, and was diligently working with the Mystics training staff to do all she could to return to action. Despite her efforts Delle Donne couldn’t seem to give it a go and had been ruled out for the remainder of the game. By the look from the players on the floor and the bench, you could tell the Mystics seem a bit out of sync and never really had a chance to re-group.
Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones or should we say the “Bahamian Beast” was a force to be reckoned with in the paint and on the boards last night that could not be stopped. Jones not only had a career night for herself, she also set a new league record in the process. Jones inked herself in WNBA History as the:
- First player in WNBA playoff history with 32 points and 18 rebounds in a game
- Most offensive rebounds in WNBA Finals History (9), second-most total rebounds (18)
- Her 32 pts are the most in a Finals game since Oct. 5, 2011 when Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry had 38 pts and Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus had 36.
The 2nd half proved to be all Connecticut. The Sun tied the record for the most players with 20 or more points with three (Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Courtney Williams). Washington was able to cut the Sun lead as low as two points during the contest but couldn’t seal the deal. The Sun sent the final dagger with a Jonquel Jones 3 pointer inside the 1 minute mark. Connecticut would go on to win the contest 99-78 in D.C. to bring the series 1-1.
The series will now shift back to Connecticut as the Sun look to extend their win streak in Game 3 which will take place Sunday at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.