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Mystics Continue to Struggle Without Delle Donne, Lose to Sparks, 95-62

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

When the Mystics acquired Elena Delle Donne in the off season they hoped to have her as part of the stretch run for the playoffs going into August and September, instead its looking like July of 2016 when the Mystics had just Emma Meesseman doing most of the scoring for the Mystics. Tonight, she was again one of the only players who had an offensive balance, leading the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

For the Sparks, all of their players, seemed to be hitting on all cylinders led by Candice Parker’s 9-for-13 from the field finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds.

“We have to just find a way to get a balanced act of scoring nigh after night, said Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault. We would like to have Elena in the line-up, but right now we just have to find a way to get some balanced scoring from our team.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 16 points on a 7-for-9 shooting night, while Kristi Toliver finished with 11 points as the only other Mystics player to have double digits in points.

With the loss tonight the Mystics fall to 16-11 overall and 10-3 at home. They still need a victory to clinch a WNBA Playoff spot. They’ll get that chance when they play on Friday night at home against the Phoenix Mercury beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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