Delle Donne back in Mystics' starting lineup for Game 3

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2019

I did nothing, I was just on the court, they carried me and they've done that all season long, " Delle Donne said.

Jasmine Thomas opened up Sunday's game by doing what the Sun do best - turning defense into offense.

Both Delle Donne and Atkins warmed up ahead of the lineup announcement, but their status remained questionable.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Washington didn't need Elena Delle Donne to be a superstar Sunday, they just needed her to be out on the court. Thibault said as late as 2 p.m., "They haven't told me yet". When she is able to make it onto the court, even with an ailing back, it boosts what they're capable of accomplishing.

Delle Donne, who was named on all 43 ballots Sunday from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, was the only 2018 First Team selection to repeat the honor this season. "It hurt us that I wasn't able to get on the boards". The series ended in favor of the Storm with the sixth three-game sweep in WNBA history. Delle Donne leaned over with her arms outstretched, she put her hands on her knees, she even rocked back and forth between her right and left leg during timeouts.

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.

"Sitting is my worst enemy", she said later. "I absolutely love them". When I do, I get really stiff and it's hard to get up from it. "I invested a lot while I was here".

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CT dropped Game 3 of the WNBA Finals 94-81 to the Mystics on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena, allowing Washington to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

For the Sun they have relied on Jones this year for the scoring and she has only averaged out to 14.6 points a game with 44.8% shooting from the field on the year so far.

It wasn't the 19.5 PPG and 8.3 RPG she averaged during the regular season, but Delle Donne was intentionally hesitant to get overly physical, and she drove the lane sparingly. She finished with 13 points, hitting 5 of 6 shots and played 26 minutes.

"It was kind of one of those moments, like hey I might give my back up and my body up on this one, but I feel like this is such a big moment to stop that run that they're making", she said. "As soon as I know, you'll probably know". This time, they're a whole lot closer to the coveted prize.

A WNBA postseason record 16 3-pointers paced the Mystics throughout the entire contest. "And she showed a lot of character and showed a lot of heart just being out on the floor today because she's obviously not feeling great". Meesseman had 21 points, including 9 to start the fourth quarter, and Toliver added 20 points and 10 assists. I mean, she tripped on the way up here.

The rest of their shooting numbers were great too.

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