Mystics defeat Liberty to continue their powerful extension


Misha Heinz-Allen took time to consider the question before carefully choosing her words. Then she modified it anyway.

The Washington Mystics have just eight games left after their 78-69 victory over New York Liberty on Thursday afternoon at the Capital One Arena. After racking up six wins in their past eight games, the Mystics finished fifth at 17-11 — one game behind the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun and two behind second-placed Las Vegas Ice, who played late Thursday.

The trend at this point in the season is to start paying more attention to all of that. After Thursday’s win, Hines-Allen couldn’t disagree.

“Look at when teams win or lose,” she said. “But for the most part, I don’t think I’m like, ‘Oh, I hope this team loses. “…Okay I will. All right. I don’t look at the arrangement. Yes, I look at it.”

This is the drive and attraction that many players and coaches feel at this time of year. The politically correct answer is to say that teams focus on themselves and take it one game at a time, but that’s rarely the whole truth. Most players know exactly where they stand throughout the season, and that increases as match scenarios become more clear. Major League leaders Chicago Sky became the first team to clinch a playoff game on Wednesday.

“I think I’ve been paying attention to the standings all year long,” said Mestix coach Mike Tebow. “…I might pay more attention to, ‘Are there two teams we can catch up with here depending on how things go?’” But I try not to do it too much just because I told the team all the time, ‘Play the next game, and let that take care of it.'”

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The WNBA has a new post-season format for the eight teams ending this summer: the singles elimination matches bye. All eight teams will play the three best series of the first round – No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 versus No. 7, No. 3 versus No. 6, and No. 4 versus No. 5- With the top seed hosting the first two matches. Turns into a top five in the last two rounds.

The Mystics will travel to meet the storm if the playoffs start today, but there is plenty of time to change that. Stormy Washington hosts back-to-back games next weekend, followed by a visit from aces and a match in the sky.

Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins said they’re not paying attention to all of that just yet.

“I haven’t looked yet,” said Dele Donne, who scored the game’s highest with 25 points. “My only focus is the next match and winning it. And if we can control that, the standings will be whatever.”

“This league is crazy, and you never really know,” said Atkins, who added 16 points and six rebounds. “So I don’t want to put anything in my head. “

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Liberty won their first two team matches, but the Mystics bounced back from a slow start and never came late after the break. New York scored the first 12 points, but Washington closed the first quarter at 16-8. Mystics were defensively strong most of the day. They only allowed 11 points in the third quarter and forced the match into 16 turns.

“Not a lot of conversation – like ‘calm the hell out,’” Thibault said of the timeout after the early Liberty race. “…When we got to the timeout we were calm. At least the guys were reasonably calm – I didn’t necessarily walk in the crowd. The good thing about this team is that we are very flexible about it.”

Dele Dawn, Atkins and Heinz Allen (13 points, eight rebounds) have done most of the heavy lifting offensively. Delle Donne has scored at least 19 points in her past five games – and has at least 25 points on all three of them.

“I felt like in the second half it was like taking turns, like, ‘You go; She said. “No matter who had the mismatch, we were just trying to attack him.”

Hines-Allen laughed and added, “Just knowing you’re playing MVP, sometimes you just want to get out of her way.

Natasha Howard Liberty led the eleventh place (9-17) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. New York lost five in a row.

Washington’s next game is on Thursday in Dallas.

On Wednesday, the campaign to bring our families home Unveiled mural In Georgetown, WNBA star Britney Greiner and other Americans who are being held abroad appear. The ceremony was attended by Liberty coach Sandy Brundello.

“BJ is someone I love a lot, and it’s clearly an unfortunate situation,” said Brundello, who trained Greiner with the Phoenix Mercury. “Hopefully we can get her home soon. But to meet some of the families, it was very touching, to realize a lot of other stories. BG put it up front about all these other people being unjustly held abroad. … We have to get their names out there. A little more.”

The more Elena Delle Donne plays, the better the appearance of the Mystics attack

On the day of camp, the Mystics played in their old house for the first time since 2019. The stands were filled with youngsters holding thunder sticks and wearing matching jerseys.

“I think one of the biggest reasons we’re doing this is to introduce your team and what you’re doing to a whole new group of potential fans,” Tybault said. She hopes a handful of them will come home and beg their parents to take them back. Watch more games on TV, watch role models. …and not only young girls—young boys who see a female role model for mathematics can be respected.”

Thursday’s match marked the beginning of a partnership between Monumental Sports and Entertainment and HeadCount to encourage voting. Stations allowed people to sign up, and this will continue to be played in Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics games.