A look at the second round of the WNBA playoffs
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
No. 3 Washington (22-12) vs. No. 6 Los Angeles (19-15)
Season Series: Mystics, 2-1.
Washington: The Mystics were one of the hottest teams coming into the playoffs, winning eight of their final 10 games to secure the No. 3 seed. One of those victories was a last-second win over the Sparks when Natasha Cloud hit a jumper from the foul line while falling down just before the buzzer. The Mystics are led by Elena Delle Donne, who had another spectacular season averaging 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Coach Mike Thibault also received very solid play from center LaToya Sanders and guard Kristi Toliver over the course of the season. The Mystics will play the game at George Washington’s arena because their normal home isn’t available because of renovations.
Los Angeles: The Sparks vanquished rival Minnesota in the opening round Tuesday night before flying across country for Thursday’s game. Los Angeles received a boost in the win over the Lynx with the return of Nneka Ogwumike, who is battling mono. Candace Parker only had two points in the first-round win as she was bothered by a stomach ailment, but Chelsea Gray and Riquna Williams provided more than enough offense to secure the victory.
Outlook: Teams that have had first-round byes haven’t fared well in the new playoff format, going 1-3 over the past two seasons. Los Angeles will continue that trend knocking off Washington.