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Mystics Top Wings, Advance in Playoffs

The Washington Mystics defeated the Dallas Wings, 86-76, Wednesday night at Capital One Arena in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

The win marks Washington’s first postseason advancement since the 2002 Eastern Conference playoffs.

Washington tied an all-time franchise record and set a team playoff record with 52 total rebounds. The Mystics’ 20 offensive rebounds set a new franchise playoff high. The Mystics set a new franchise playoff record with eight blocked shots, one more than the previous record set on Sept. 20, 2015 against New York.

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne scored a team-high 25 points, one shy of the franchise playoff record set by Chamique Holdsclaw, and tied a playoff career-high with 11 rebounds in the team’s 86-76 win over the Dallas Wings in the first round of the WNBA playoffs at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Sept. 6. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

The Washington defense held Dallas to 2-21 (.095) shooting from 3-point range, tying an opponent all-time low for 3-point field goals made and setting a new opponent all-time low in 3-point field goal percentage.

Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne scored a team-high 25 points, one shy of the franchise playoff record set by Chamique Holdsclaw, and tied a playoff career-high with 11 rebounds.

Washington center Krystal Thomas set a new Mystics playoff record with 17 total rebounds, surpassing the previous record of 15 set by Crystal Langhorne. Thomas set new playoff career highs in minutes (31), field goals made (2), field goals attempted (4), free throws attempted (4), rebounds (17), assists (3) and points (5).

Mystics forward Emma Meesseman scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and set a new playoff career high in assists (5) and tied playoff career highs in field goals made (7), 3-point field goals made (1), and rebounds (10).

The Mystics will face the New York Liberty on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in the second round of the playoffs for a single elimination game.

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