As they always say, the third time is a charm, and the Mystics worked their magic to a trip to the postseason.
Clinging to a three point lead with 30.8 seconds left, Washington’s chance of heading to the playoffs was secure and slim at the same time. Indiana Fever, who just got annihilated 111-52 just two days ago, made sure that they were not going to relive that tragedy again.
They fought hard right along with the Mystics, and the trio of Marissa Coleman (20 points), Candice Dupree (18 points), Jeannette Pohlen-Mavunga (13 points) gave Washington a run for their money the entire game. As the Mystics scored to widen their lead, the Fever came right back and answered every time.
With 4.1 seconds left, and Washington up 85-82, the Fever had one more chance to tie the game, but Allison Hightower had other plans. As the Fever attempted to complete their inbounds pass, Hightower grabbed the steal, and stole any chance of the Fever’s playoff hopes staying alive. For the first time ever, the Fever will not make the playoffs, ending their 11 year run.
For the Mystics, this will be their first time back in the playoffs since 2015, when they finished 18-16. Washington are still without star Elena Delle Donne, and will be without Tayler Hill for the remainder, but coach Mike Thibault believes Delle Donne will be ready come playoff time.