Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If this is potentially going to be a WNBA Finals match-up, the Washington Mystics may have learned a lesson of what not to do today against the Phoenix Mercury. The dominance of Britney Griner defined the entire game and sent the Mystics to a 103-82 loss on the road.
For the Mystics this ending was an abrupt end to a five-game win streak.
“It almost felt like we weren’t out there (at) times,” Mystics star Elena Delle Donne said. “They were just finding the right people, passing on the double teams and crushed us.”
Griner, who has been the leader of this team this season just had her way with the ball in and outside of the paint. She set the tone of this game with 17 first half points and fell just short of a triple double for the game. She finished the game with 26 points.
The biggest story of the game came that the Mercury grabbed this victory with just 8 healthy players to a full Mystics squad. Lelani Mitchell had 23 – two off her career high set Tuesday – including 5-of-10 from 3-point.