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20 Moments of 2016 – June 14: The Mystics-Sun Triple-OT Thriller

In the days leading up to the New Year, is reliving the best of the league’s landmark 20th season in its 20 Moments of 2016 series. Check back each day from now until December 31 for more!

20 MOMENTS: WNBA Draft | Breanna Stewart’s Debut | Wings’ First Game in Dallas | Mystics-Sun Triple-OT | Lynx-Sparks Round 1 | WNBA Top 20@20 | Taurasi’s 7,000th Point | Hammon’s Jersey Retired | Jackson’s Jersey Retired | EDD vs. Stewie Duel | Olympians Capture Gold | Swin Cash Night | Pondexter Moves to No. 5 in Scoring | So Long, Penny | Stars Celebrate Duo | Tamika’s Farewell | Angel’s Playoff Showcase | Ogwumike Named MVP | Beard’s Finals Buzzer-Beater | An Epic Finale

The Moment

A thrilling contest at Mohegan Sun Arena saw the Mystics defeat the Sun 109-106 in triple overtime. Connecticut missed potential game-winning shots in the fourth quarter, overtime and double overtime before Washington took advantage and ended the contest after 55 minutes of action.

Breakout star Emma Meesseman scored 23 points for Washington, while Tayler Hill added 21. Alex Bentley tied her career high with 31 points for the Sun.

The Flashback

Mystics (109), Sun (106)

The Significance

It was the first triple-overtime game in the WNBA in more than two years and contributed to two 2016 trends: OT drama and high-powered offense. Seventeen games in the 20th season’s first two months reached at least one extra session, and scoring, assists and field goal percentage all soared to all-time highs league-wide.

Overtimes were a common occurrence for both teams involved in this thriller, as the Mystics had needed an extra frame to beat Connecticut on the same court three weeks earlier.

Both teams ended up missing the playoffs, but they were in the hunt for the final spot, and Connecticut would have finished tied for seventh place with victories in those two overtime games.

It was also one of many standout performances in 2016 from Hill, who scored 10 of Washington’s 14 points in the final overtime to finish with 21. She averaged a career-high 15.4 points per game last season, more than double her average from the previous campaign. Hill scored a then-career high 24 points in Washington’s earlier win over Connecticut.


Game Recap & Box Score

By the Numbers: Offense At An All-Time High

Historic Number of OT Games in 2016