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LAS VEGAS (Sept. 24, 2019) – With WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne’s 25 points against the Las Vegas Aces, the Washington Mystics are finals bound for the second straight season. The Mystics defeated the Aces 94-90 in Game 4 to close their best-of-five semifinal series on Tuesday night.
The Mystics, who fell in last year’s finals to Seattle Storm, will host the Connecticut Sun in Game 1 of the finals on Sunday.
Closely following Delle Donne’s 25 points was Emma Meesseman sinking 22 for the Mystics, bouncing back from the rut she got caught in during Game 3 where she was held to only six points.
“Emma was our missing piece,” said teammate Natasha Cloud. “We’ve been saying it all season. Last year on our run to the finals we were missing something, and that’s Emma.”
Vegas led by 10 points in the second quarter, but with the help of Delle Donne, Meesseman, Cloud and Kristi Toliver scoring consecutive points, the Mystics ended the half leading 45-43.
Toliver kept the energy high for Washington going into the second half as she scored 10 of the Mystics’ first 15 points in the third quarter. The Aces, however, went on a 15-7 run and took the 68-67 lead by the end of the quarter.
Delle Donne and Meesseman didn’t let the Aces get comfortable, though. They went on to score 21 of Washington’s 26 points to regain the lead and claim the win.