The Washington Mystics started the season convincingly. They won their second victory by beating the Minnesota Lynx 7866 on Sunday (8/5) local time. Without Elena Delle Donne, this wouldn`t be a problem for Mystics.
Scoring 21 points in the Mystics’ inaugural match last Friday (6/5), they decided to rest Delle Donne, who had just recovered from injury. After undergoing two back surgeries in 2019, his form has been limited. Delle Donne played only three games last season.
Mystics continued to overtake Lynx after Mystics took a 76 lead from Natasha Cloud’s free kick in the first quarter. In the first half, Mystics had the opportunity to improve his lead by scoring 45 points. In the second quarter, Mike Tibaud’s team was very dominant.
They scored 23 points, but Lynx only scored 4 points. Lynx was more productive in the second half, but Mystics maintained a comfortable lead. Ariel Atkins’s layup ends the Lynx battle. With a field goal of 35.3 percent, Atkins became the highest scorer. He provided Mystics with 20 points and 5 assists.
Cloud helped with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Shakira Austin seems to be substituting the role of Deledonne, showing his performance. He took third place in the 2022 WNBA Draft, and he doubled with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jessica Shepherd scored the highest points throughout her career. Shepherd played for 36 minutes and doubled with 16 points and 12 rebounds on the Lynx. Sylvia Fowles follows with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Yvonne Turner contributed 11 points from the bench and cleared three 50% with three free shots. Mystics will play Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday (5.10). This is an opportunity for Mystics to win the tabletop from Ace. Meanwhile, Lynx faced Indiana Fever on the same day.