Delle Donne helps hot-shooting Mystics take Game 3
10/6/2019 6:04:31 PM EST
Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne played through back pain and made three 3-point attempts in a 94-81 win against the Connecticut Sun in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday in Uncasville, Conn.
Delle Donne, the league's regular-season MVP, was considered questionable before the game but contributed to Washington's Finals-record 16 made 3-pointers. The Mystics finished 16 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver and Emma Meesseman were a combined 10 of 12 from 3-point range.
The Mystics, with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, can win the title Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. A Game 5, if necessary, would be Thursday at Washington.
Delle Donne, the league MVP, was limited to only three minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday because of a herniated disk. When she came out of Sunday's game, she went to the locker room to stretch and stay warm, rather than sit on the bench. She finished with 13 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes, making 5 of 6 shots overall.
Toliver finished with 20 points, shooting 7 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range, with 10 assists. Backcourt mate Natasha Cloud tied a career-high by making five 3-pointers in 10 attempts. She finished with 19 points and four assists.
The Mystics, outrebounded 41-27 by Connecticut in Game 2, won the rebounding battle 34-27 Sunday. Aerial Powers led Washington with eight rebounds.
Connecticut, which dropped to 17-3 at home this season, was led by Shekinna Stricklen's 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Her teammates were 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.
Connecticut's Jonquel Jones, who had 32 points and 18 rebounds in the Game 2 win Tuesday at Washington, was held to only two points and seven rebounds in the first half Sunday. She finished with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with nine rebounds.
Washington took a 17-point lead in the first quarter and led 41-27 in the second quarter before Connecticut went on a 12-0 run. The Sun trailed 43-39 at halftime.
After Connecticut cut the lead to 55-53 with 5:07 left in the third quarter, Washington went on a 13-2 run starting with a Delle Donne 3-pointer.
The Sun did not come closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter.
--Field Level Media