Washington Defeats Indiana 93-84

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Indianapolis, Ind., – For the second time this season, the Washington Mystics and the Indiana Fever squared off in another match-up Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Despite a strong first half of hot shooting (51.6 percent) from the field and posting a season high of 84 points, the Indiana Fever would fall victim to the Washington Mystics by a final score of 93-84.

After making the decision to add Kelsey Mitchell to the starting line-up, Indiana seemed to have found that jump start needed to set the tone against a familiar opponent. With the game all knotted up 28-28 at the end of the first, Indiana was unable to maintain their production on the offensive end as the Mystics went on a 17-2 run to take a 36-30 lead before stretching out their advantage.

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Rookie Kelsey Mitchell (0) dishes it off to a teammate.

Still in search of a win the Fever continue to struggle to put together a complete game falling to 0-4 on the young season for the first time since 2001. The rookie Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana in scoring for the second straight game, putting up a career-high 25 points in her first start of the season. Candice Dupree also finished in double figures with 21 points and led Indiana in rebounds with seven. Tiffany Mitchell added 13 points and seven assists in the team’s loss.

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 Elena Delle Donne (11) defends the drive against Candice Dupree (4). 

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Tiffany Mitchell (3) with the handles against Mystics defender Natasha Cloud.

Washington had five players finish with double-digits in the scoring column as Elena Delle Donne dropped 26 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead the Mystics to victory. The Mystics are now 3-0 on the season after Thursday’s victory.

Indiana will return to the hardwood on Saturday night as they face the Connecticut Sun on the road at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is at 7 PM ET on WNBA League Pass.

Indiana Fever Host Washington Mystics

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Indianapolis, Ind., – Thursday night at 7 PM ET, the Indiana Fever return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for their fourth game in six days. The Fever (0-3) will be playing host to the Washington Mystics (2-0) whom they last saw on May 20.

Looking for their first victory of the 2018 season and a chance to even the season series against the Mystics, Indiana will have to do a much better job of limiting their opponents in transition. So far the Fever have seen solid production from rookie Kelsey Mitchell who led the squad with 20 points in their loss to L.A. on Tuesday. Veterans Candice Dupree and Natalie Achonwa have also had big games and been instrumental in rebounding.

For Washington, Elena Delle Donne continues to be a force leading the Mystics with 23 points and 11 rebounds in their win against the Aces. Rookie Ariel Atkins also chipped in 15 points behind Tianna Hawkins’ 17 points as the team vies to keep their win streak alive.

Catch this matchup on ESPN 3 tomorrow night at 7 PM ET.

WNBA Playoffs 2017: SEMIFINALS (Game 3) 

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The Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in their respective series, as they look to have a repeat showdown of last years WNBA Finals.

Game 3s in the best-of-five Semifinals, tip today on ESPN, with Minnesota at Washington at 3 PM ET, and Los Angeles at Phoenix at 5 PM ET. To force Game 4s and keep their seasons alive, the Mystics and the Mercury are in a do or die situation; With their backs against the wall, it’s win BIG or go home.

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The Lynx and the Sparks are just one win away from a Finals rematch. Courtesy photos/WNBA

Check out the full updated schedule and WNBA Playoff Picture here.

SEMIFINALS BEST OF 5 SERIES ON ESPN:

MINNESOTA LYNX VS. WASHINGTON MYSTICS (LYNX 2-0)

Game 1: #1 Lynx defeat #6 Mystics, 101-81

Game 2: #1 Lynx outlast #6 Mystics, 93-83

Game 3: Up 2-0, the Lynx hit the road at Washington Sunday, to finish what they started; just one game away from the 2017 WNBA Finals and another chance at calling themselves champions. With a win today, Minnesota looks to reach their 6th Finals in 7 years. This years league MVP, Sylvia Fowles, put up 25 points to lead the Lynx in Game 2’s victory. Maya Moore also added 22 points. The Mystics were led by Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver who scored 25 points a piece in Washington’s loss. Game 3 will be a crucial match-up for both squads, and Washington will have a chance to steal one at home to keep their postseason alive. Tune in on ESPN at 3PM ET, for an exciting battle.

LOS ANGELES SPARKS VS. PHOENIX MERCURY (SPARKS 2-0)

Game 1: #2 Sparks beat #5 Mercury, 79-66

Game 2: #2 Sparks defeat #5 Mercury, 86-72

Game 3: The defending champs have been successful thus far in the defense of their WNBA title, as they inch closer to a return trip to the Finals. Taking Game 2 against the Mercury Thursday, the deep roster of Los Angeles along with their core players showed why they are destined for more greatness. Candace Parker had a big outing finishing with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Odyssey Sims also pitched in 21 points, and Nneka Ogwumike contributed 18. Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with 21 points after a low scoring Game 1 against Defensive Player of the Year, Alana Beard. With Beard in early foul trouble, the All-time scorer took advantage, but still the Mercury came up short. If Phoenix has any chance of slowing up the Sparks, minimizing their turnovers and L.A.’s second chance points in the paint is a must.

Catch the 2017 WNBA Semifinals doubleheader on ESPN, to find out if the Mystics and the Mercury can turn things around.