Mystics Win First WNBA Championship, Emma Meeseman Named MVP
WNBA superstar and regular season MVP Elena Delle Donne slept peacefully in her bed last night, holding onto the Washington Mystics championship trophy.
Truth be told, it was quite an eventful night for her and the rest of the Mystics as on Thursday night, they took the series-deciding game by a score of 89-78 against the Connecticut Sun, securing the championship win. The series went the distance but ultimately, the Mystics proved to be too much for the Sun. Led by Delle Donne and Finals MVP Emma Meeseman, who poured in 22 points, the Mystics took home the franchise’s first ever WNBA trophy.
“It took five games, took four in the semis, it took battling injuries, it took a lot of resilience, fight, heart,” said Mystics’ Kristi Toliver. “We had the biggest heart all year, and we were the most focused and determined team all year, and we’re just really proud of what we’ve done. But last year obviously certainly motivated us to be really, really focused for the season.”
A seven-time All-Star and the first female member of the 40/50/90 club, Delle Donne can now add a championship to her Hall of Fame worthy resume.
“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words,” said Delle Donne. “To win it with such a great group of people. We wanted to win it for the person next to us. We’ll remember this season. I’m kind of sad the season’s about to be over. My goodness, we sure ended this on a high note.”
Four Mystics players finished the night in double-digits on route to the Game 5 victory. Meanwhile, Jonquel Jones scored 25 points to lead the way for the Sun in the defeat.
“I think it was good for the league,” Connecticut coach Curt Miller said. “It may not have been a buzzer-beater. We didn’t have that kind of finish in any of the five games, but man, it was good offensive basketball, and it was laying it on the line defensively.”
Washington, it’s time to celebrate!