Washington Mystics defeated the Los Angeles Sparks with a score of 94-81, owing big time to the combined 47 points of Natasha Cloud and Elena Delle Donn. The duo dominated the Sparks, who were missing their star scorer and rebounder, Nneka Ogwumike. She was ruled out of the game 75 minutes before the tip-off due to a non-COVID illness.
Off to a Great Start
The Mystics came out blazing, finishing the first quarter with 31-24. They maintained dominance in the next quarter ending with 22-20. Although the Sparks brought up their A game in the third quarter, equalizing 16-16, the Mystics maintained the points table lead in the fourth quarter by 25-21 and crossed the finishing line by 13 points.
Katie Lou Samuelson and Brittney Sykes shared 32 points getting 16 each, but they remained unable to make a turnaround to dislodge the dominance of the Mystics. They were far behind in each quarter except for the third one.
The Supremacy of Elena Delle Donn
She played a mercurial role in the victory of the Mystics, dropping 26 points on a 10-for-14 shooting in less than 28 minutes. She played at the top of her game, counting on every weak line of the Sparks.
Along with her, the rest has been done by Natasha Cloud. She scored 21 points with three two-pointers, three three-pointers, and nine assists to her name. Nonetheless, the Mystics played like a team rather than depending on cameos. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Ariel Atkins scored 12 and ten points respectively.