WASHINGTON – Elena Delle Donne led five double-figure scorers Thursday night to lead the Washington Mystics past the Indiana Fever, 91-78 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in the nation’s capital.
Delle Donne had 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting to pace the second-place Mystics (16-7) to their second straight win and their seventh in eight games. Indiana (8-16) snapped a two-game win streak while falling to Washington for the ninth consecutive time since 2016.
Emma Meesseman finished with 19 points for Washington and LaToya Sanders added 18. Aerial Powers scored 14 for Mystics and Natasha Cloud pitched in 13. Veteran point guard Kristi Toliver was scoreless but added a game-high 11 assists.
Kelsey Mitchell paced Fever scorers with 18 points off the bench, and Candice Dupree added 16.
Washington, the WNBA’s highest scoring team, took control with a dominant 29-15 third quarter, and led 73-57 heading to the final period. Candice Dupree tied the contest at 44 with the first bucket of the second half, but from that point the Mystics reeled off 14 of the next 18 points and never looked back. Washington led by as many as 17 following a three-point play by Aerial Powers.
Indiana drew within 76-66 on a jumper from Dupree midway through the fourth, but never got back within single digits. Cloud hit her third 3-pointer with 5:07 remaining to stop a 7-0 spurt by the Fever and help the Mystics cruise to the finish.
The Mystics shot 60 percent in the third period with three 3-pointers – two from Cloud during the decisive run to break the game open. Overall, Washington shot 54 percent to mark only third time this season a team has shot over 50 percent against Indiana.
Indiana shot 48 percent, despite missing eight of its first nine shots while falling behind 15-2 to begin the game. The Mystics, meanwhile, shot 60 percent from the floor and got 10 points from Delle Donne while building a 25-16 lead after one quarter.
Washington controlled most of the first half, but the Fever sandwiched runs of 8-2 and 9-2 around a pair of buckets from LaToya Sanders to take their first lead of the contest at 40-38 with 2:44 left before halftime. The Mystics led 44-42 at intermission.
The Fever return to Indianapolis to host Atlanta for its annual Breast Health Awareness Game presented by St. Vincent at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, with the entire game dedicated to breast health awareness, fundraising for a cure and celebration of breast cancer survivors. Tickets begin at $13. The first 2,000 fans will receive a gray-and-pink Breast Health Awareness Game T-shirt and the St. Vincent Mammography Unit will be on display as part of the Family Fun Zone presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.