FINALS: BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES
The Washington Mystics, behind a locked-in Elena Delle Donne (21 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST) and Emma Meesseman (22 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST), have won the WNBA Finals 2019 presented by YouTube TV on their home turf. It’s their first championship in franchise history. Natasha Cloud and Kristi Toliver poured in 18 PTS a piece to seal the series victory. Meesseman was crowned Finals MVP after averaging 18 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 1.8 APG while shooting 57.1% during the Finals. She’s the first reserve player to win a Finals MVP in WNBA history.
The Connecticut Sun were a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday night right from the tip, beating the Washington Mystics 90-86 to force a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night at 8 pm/et. Jonquel Jones balled out with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Alyssa Thomas poured in 17 points and dished out 11 assists, tying the WNBA Finals record.
The Washington Mystics took Game 3 against the Connecticut Sun, 94-81, behind a stellar offensive performance that saw the team nail 16 3-pointers, tying a WNBA Finals record for most in a game. Elena Delle Donne returned to the starting lineup and made her presence known (13 PTS, 6 REB, 3-4 from downtown) throughout the game. Emma Meesseman added 21 PTS. Meesseman, Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver were a combined 10-12 from deep.
Behind a monster game from Jonquel Jones – 32 points, 18 rebounds, including a WNBA Finals record nine offensive rebounds – the Connecticut Sun took Game 2 99-87 in Washington to even the best-of-five series at 1-1. The Mystics played much of the game without league MVP Elena Delle Donne, who left in the first quarter with back spasms and never returned. The Sun dominated the offensive glass (17-6) and second chance points (27-10) and got big performances from Courtney Williams (22 points, six assists) and Alyssa Thomas (21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists).
The No. 1 seed Mystics used a big first quarter to take control and held off the No. 2 seed Sun to earn a 95-86 win in Game 1 of the 2019 WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. Elena Delle Donne led the way with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, becoming just the third player to post 20-10-5 in a Finals game. Ariel Atkins added 21 points and Kristi Toliver poured in 18 points for Washington, while Courtney Williams sank six treys as she scored a game-high 26 points for Connecticut.
SEMIFINALS: BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES
For the second consecutive year, the Washington Mystics clinch a spot in the 2019 WNBA Finals after defeating the Las Vegas Aces 94-90 in Game 4 of their Semifinals series. 2019 MVP Elena Delle Donne led all scorers with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Teammate Emma Meesseman was close behind with 22 points. Elena Delle Donne (25 points), Emma Meesseman (22 points), and Kristi Toliver (20 points) are the first trio of teammates in WNBA history to score 20 or more points in the clinching victory of a best-of-5 series.
The Connecticut Sun defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 78-56 on the road to take the Semifinals series 3-0. Jasmine Thomas stepped up with a career-high 29 points. Courtney Williams hit 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Sun now turn their attention to the 2019 WNBA Finals for the first time since 2005.
SECOND ROUND: SINGLE-ELIMINATION
The No. 3 seeded Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Seattle Storm 92-69 during the second round of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. The Storm led 23-22 at the end of the first quarter, but Los Angeles quickly took control in second quarter and never relinquished the lead. Chelsea Gray poured in 21 points and dished out eight assists in the victory.
The No. 4 seed Las Vegas Aces defeated the No. 5 seed Chicago Sky 93-92 in a tightly contested game that featured 20 lead changes and eight ties. Dearica Hamby drilled a game-winning 3-pointer from 35 feet away with five seconds to play to seal the epic finish. Liz Cambage sunk 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Kayla McBride added 16 points of her own.
FIRST ROUND: SINGLE-ELIMINATION
The Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury in the opening game of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs, 105-76. Chicago jumped out to a 20-16 first quarter lead behind Diamond DeShields’ eight points (4-9 from the field). Brittney Griner suffered an injury in the second quarter, and while the Mercury rallied to keep the game close at halftime, the Sky opened up the third quarter with a 12-0 run to take control of the game. The Sky now face the No. 4 seed Las Vegas Aces in Round 2 this Sunday the 15th.
The Seattle Storm advance to the second round of the WNBA Playoffs after defeating the Minnesota Lynx, 84-74. Jordin Canada balled out, sinking 26 points and dishing out four assists. Jewell Loyd added 22 points of her own, going 3-4 from downtown. The Storm will now face the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.
FIRST ROUND – Elimination games
Wednesday, Sept. 11: No. 5 Chicago (105), No. 8 Phoenix (76)
Wednesday, Sept. 11: No. 6 Seattle (84), No. 7 Minnesota (74)
SECOND ROUND – Elimination games
Sunday, Sept. 15: No. 3 Los Angeles (92), No. 6 Seattle (69)
Sunday, Sept. 15: No. 4 Las Vegas (93), No. 5 Chicago (92)
SEMIFINALS – Best-of-Five Series (2-2-1)
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 17: No. 2 Connecticut (84), No. 3 Los Angeles (75)
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 17: No. 1 Washington (97), No. 4 Las Vegas (95)
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 19: No. 2 Connecticut (94), No. 3 Los Angeles (68)
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 19: No. 1 Washington (103), No. 4 Las Vegas (91)
Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 22: No. 4 Las Vegas (92), No. 1 Washington (75)
Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 22: No. 2 Connecticut (78), No. 3 Los Angeles (56)
Game 4: Tuesday, Sept. 24: No. 1 Washington (94) , No. 4 Las Vegas (90)
FINALS – Best-of-Five Series (2-2-1)
Game 1: Sunday, Sept. 29: No. 1 Washington (95), No. 2 Connecticut (86)
Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 1: No. 2 Connecticut (99), No. 1 Washington (87)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6: No. 1 Washington (94), No. 2 Connecticut (81)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8: No. 2 Connecticut (90), No. 1 Washington (86)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10: No. 1 Washington (89), No. 2 Connecticut (78)