BALTIMORE—The Washington Mystics – and specifically Elena Delle Donne – kept on rolling when playing Atlanta June 23.
Delle Donne topped everyone with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double performance helped the Mystics roll to an 89-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream.
The forward went 9-for-16 overall shooting, including 3-for-6 from long range. She now has posted two straight double-doubles as Washington improved to 7-3.
She led the Mystics on a 14-0 run that turned the game around at the start of the second half where Delle Donne contributed eight points.
Kristi Toliver scored 17 points as Washington’s offense leads the league in points (85.6 per game). The team’s offense has been too much for most opponents to handle so far this season.
NYCFC eliminate United from Open Cup
Two late first-half goals from New York City FC were enough to eliminate D.C. United out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament, losing at home 2-1 on June 19.
Striker Wayne Rooney scored his 10th goal of the season – in all competitions – on the loss. That goal came in the 32nd minutes, after receiving a long-range pass from midfielder Ulises Segura. The Englishman capped off the play with a left-footed strike for the opening goal.
However, NYCFC responded with two goals in four minutes before halftime that proved to be enough to eliminate the Black-and-Red out of the single-elimination tournament. It was the first time both teams were facing each other in U.S. Open Cup play.
Also, it was the first time D.C. United lost in its last six matches in all competitions at Audi Field. They return to regular season play at home on June 26 and 29 between Orlando City SC and Toronto FC respective.
“It’s nice that we have 17 games now to continue to build and get to where we want to get to this season,” midfielder Russell Canouse said. “We want a playoff spot but we also [want to] be a top team in the East and build on from the first 17 games and learn from it and then hopefully we can have a good second half of the season.”
Nationals fall to Braves but win six during homestand
Even though the Washington Nationals dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to the Atlanta Braves on June 23, the Nationals still found plenty of good in their 10-game homestand.
Washington won six of the 10 games played, including a three-game sweep of the Phillies. That included winning a split doubleheader as the Phillies have been sliding recently due to injury issues.
“I think…we know we’re capable of keeping up with any of these guys,” catcher Yan Gomes said. “We’re said it since the beginning…we’re going to battle to the end. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We’ve still got to look forward.”
The Nationals also have a much easier schedule in the coming days, getting ready to play weaker teams like Miami (twice), Detroit and Kansas City, all teams that have struggled throughout the season.
If the Nationals can play well during that stretch, they could continue to make a move in the National League East.