The Washington Mystics are the 2019 WNBA champions

The Washington Mystics won the franchise’s first-ever WNBA title after taking the winner-take-all Game 5, 89-78, at home over the Connecticut Sun.

With a minute left in the game, fans began to chant “Run It Back” with 50.5 seconds to go in the game. Last season, the Mystics were swept by the Seattle Storm.

“I’m so proud of this team, my goodness,” said 2019 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne. “Every person on this team deserves this.”

In Game 5, Emma Meesseman, also known as “Playoff Emma” came up big off the bench with 22 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Meesseman was named WNBA Finals MVP. When accepting the trophy, she said, “I just shot my shot and listened to coach.”

Delle Donne added 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Kristi Toliver and Natasha Cloud brought in 18 points each. Coach Mike Thibault, one of the most successful coaches in WNBA history, and Delle Donne, two-time league MVP, both also won their first WNBA titles.

For the Sun, who were playing in their first WNBA Finals since 2005, Jonquel Jones led the way with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Courtney Williams added 16 points.

At the end of the third quarter, Connecticut led 64-62. The Sun led at halftime, 43-42. Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas were both in double digits with 13 and 12 points each, with the team shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three. For the Mystics at the break, only Delle Donne was in double digits with 10 points, and the team shot 43.2 from the field and 16.7 percent from three.

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