Washington believed then that playing its brand of fast-paced, high-energy, fluid basketball would carry it to a win in the semifinals and the Mystics believe the same now, on the eve of a decisive Game 5 in the WNBA Finals that could bring the franchise its first league championship.
The Sun came out of the locker room on fire, and the Mystics flat, and CT went up 32-17 after the first quarter. Alyssa Thomas has managed to get 1.9 steals a game. "When we're all locked in and on the same page, we just move in unison". Head coach Curt Miller was happy with how his team and the crowd responded.
The WNBA Finals will come down to the greatest thing in sports - a single elimination game to decide the title. "If you grew up a basketball fan, these are the moments that you dreamed of".
She would score six points in the fourth and grabbed the game-clinching rebound in the last game at the Mohegan Sun for the 2019 season.
Washington took just 10 minutes to erase a 16-point halftime deficit to conclude the third quarter tied at 68. After three quarters, it was all tied at 68-68. As a result, she shot just 60-of-121 from the line in the regular season.
Washington's largest lead was five, but Jones and Jasmine Thomas tied it back up at 77-77 for the Sun.
The team that has led after one quarter has won all four games.
Washington missed five shots in the final two minutes. Final Score Prediction, Washington Mytics win, but fail to cover, 84-79.
Washington was paced by Aerial Powers (15 points) and Ariel Atkins (14). Sun guard Courtney Williams said both teams will be aware of that on Thursday and she expects things to quickly get physical. "Ultimately we made a few more plays down the stretch". "We know if we can get stops and secure rebounds that we're able to get out and run". Neither team has been held below 80 points, and at least one has scored 90 or more each game. Instead of standing behind the bench when she wasn't on the floor, she sat and she was banging in the low post, fighting Jones for rebounds and position.
After a timeout, Cloud drove to the basket but missed the shot and Alyssa Thomas corralled the rebound and hit the first of two free throws to seal the win. "I mean, the ball movement was there, but we didn't hit a few shots". "We need to be better come Thursday". With the season on the line they will be the best team in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. "They were playing more aggressive defensively".
Having a chance to win the title at home on Thursday gave the Mystics some confidence. "Can't rely on being home to get it done". "This is a huge game for us".
Some good defensive rebounding early in the first allowed the Sun to open their first double-figure lead of the night midway through the quarter. But as the Connecticut Sun barreled out of the gate, building a double-digit lead in the first half, not even Jessica McNutt's spiky red wig could hide her apprehension.
On defense, the Mystics said Tuesday the keys to a win still lie in rebounding - CT had 13 second-chance points in Game 4 - and not letting leading scorer Jonquel Jones and guard Courtney Williams get their hands on the ball a lot.
But in the third quarter, the Mystics outscored the Sun, 28-12 behind seven from Kristi Toliver and six points from Meesseman.
CT held Washington, the league's #1 offense, without a point over the final 2:10 of the game.
This time, though, the Sun watched an 18-point lead vanish and had to fight down the stretch to stay alive.
CT took 26 free throws to only 13 by Washington, with Delle Donne and Meesseman only combining for three attempts.
This series started with what's still the highest-scoring WNBA Finals game in history, a 120-116 overtime victory by the Phoenix Mercury.
"I'm struggling how to understand how CT played with one foul in the fourth quarter", he said.
Alyssa Thomas hit 9-of-10 free throws in the game as the Sun drained 23-of-26 from the charity stripe. "If we could have gone to the line a couple times, we could have slowed the momentum down a little bit".
Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.