Mystics Stay Strong to the End, Knock off Sky, 84-82

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

For the second time in just a few weeks Candice Parker and the Chicago Sky visited the Mystics at ESA and the goal was to come away with anything but another loss. Natasha Cloud had the final say in a 84-82 victory, the first against the Sky this season.

The Mystics who have gotten some big games from Cloud this season did so again tonight taking matters into her own hands playing 34 minutes tonight with Elena Delle Donne having to leave the game with soreness in her back.

“I know I can close out games if needed and I will take any chance coach is willing to give me to come up big for this team,” said Cloud.

Washington outscored the Sky 42 to 32 in the paint and are now 7-3 in games this season when doing so.

The Mystics tied a season high with 13 offensive rebounds and did so with EDD only logging 7 minutes of action in the game.

After the game Mystics Coach Mike Thibault was asked about the status of Delle Donne and her back injury.

“Obviously we want to take it easy with her and she will have it evaluated tomorrow to see if there is anything she needs to do. We will approach it game by game and plan accordingly if she is going to miss any additional time,” said Thibault.

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