Post Game Notes and Quotes: Chicago at Washington – 6/5

 

TEAM

 SCORE

 RECORD

 HIGH POINTS

 HIGH REBOUNDS

 HIGH ASSISTS

Chicago

85

1-1

DeShields (24)

DeShields (5)

Vandersloot (8)

@ Washington

103

2-1

Toliver (19)

Delle Donne (7)

Toliver (6)

 

SKY NOTES

  • Diamond DeShields and Jantel Lavender combined for 19 of the Sky’s 25 first-quarter points
  • The Sky’s largest lead of the game was two points, just over three minutes into the game
  • Chicago was outscored 30-17 in the second quarter
  • The Sky committed 17 turnovers, six more than the Mystics
  • Katie Lou Samuelson played 15 minutes and Chloe Jackson played six after both did not seeing any playing time in Chicago’s last game
  • The Sky are 0-7 against the Mystics since trading Elena Delle Donne
  • Chicago was without Astou Ndour after the center was temporarily suspended as she fulfills overseas commitments

 

MYSTICS NOTES

  • Washington tied a team record with 10 made three-pointers in the first half
  • Kristi Toliver had three steals in the first five minutes of the game
  • Washington’s 103 points scored were a season high and the team’s first 100-point performance this season. In 2018, the Mystics scored 100+ points three times, twice in the regular season and once in the postseason.
  • The Mystics recorded season highs in 3-pointers made (13), 3-point field goal percentage (.382), offensive rebounds (16) and assists (28).
  • Washington shot 50 percent from the field on 86 attempted shots
  • Elena Delle DonneNatasha CloudAriel AtkinsKristi Toliver, and Emma Meesseman all scored in double figures
  • The Mystics scored 100 points for the first time this season
  • In her last game with the Mystics until she leaves for an overseas commitment, Meesseman scored 12 points and had four rebounds

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

MYSTICS HEAD COACH MIKE THIBAULT

On the game:

“You know, obviously, it was entertaining, and we played pretty well. We were passing the ball terrific, we were shooting the ball well. I thought that we had some lapses of time. Defensively, they are a good shooting team and we have a few lapses where we allowed them to shoot 50%, but you know we got a lot of things we talked about – getting extra possessions on offensive rebounds, taking care of the ball for about three-and-a-half quarters we did a really good job. So, you know, I’m happy. We had five people in double figures again, everybody is involved. On offense our bench scored 43 points – that’s a lot of good stuff so now we just turn around and get ready for the next one.”

On Aerial Powers:

“I think she was great – the effort plays. She didn’t let any of that stay in her head. She played physically. I kind of put a little bit of a minute limit in my own head, but she was kind of unrestrictive and just tried to get her involved in the offense. So, I thought she did a good job”

 

MYSTICS FORWARD ELENA DELLE DONNE 

On sitting late in the game:

“I asked our strength coach after, ‘do I need to go do any extra cardio?’ We have a rule that if you don’t get 15 minutes you have to go do cardio, so I wasn’t sure if I was in that category. It’s good to get rest and for everybody to get a lot of playing time especially with this stretch of games we’ve got coming up. It is always tough when you’re traveling on the road and playing every other day so it’s really good that everybody is able to step up so much.”

On the bench play during the second quarter:

“They came in and continued to score and got stops as well. They were huge. They changed the game and they’re amazing for us these past two games. They’ve been crucial and they’re going to continue to be.”

 

MYSTICS GUARD KRISTI TOLIVER 

On what the Mystics did well tonight:

“We shared the ball really well and we get people in the right positions to utilize their skills, so it’s not surprising. I think everybody came back this year with another year of experience and ready to go and it’s good to see everybody contributing.”

On Aerial Powers contribution to the game:

“[Aerial Powers] brings energy and enthusiasm – she can play inside and out. She’s going to be a threat in transition, she can shoot the three. Defensively she’s going to be solid, so we knew that she was really eager to finally get out there and play and she’s been working really hard to get her body back and so I’m just really happy for her.”

 

SKY HEAD COACH JAMES WADE

On how you measure success this early in the season:

“I think if you can get better from game to game. I think that’s how you measure success. Winning can be fought sometimes. Sometimes you can win and not play a good game, and sometimes you can lose and play a good game and improve what weaknesses were. That’s how we pretty much measure success.”

On the turnovers tonight: 

“That was it. Too many turnovers. Not valuing the ball. That’s been a constant issue. I think it has to be more important to us. But it’s tough. We only have three things that we really have to focus on what’s been really handicapping us as far as playing and winning games. We just have to value the ball a little bit more.”

 

SKY FORWARD DIAMOND DESHIELDS

On having a new coach and how you measure success this early in the season:

“Well, I don’t really know because I don’t feel like I’ve touched it yet. If anybody knows, it’s him. All we’re trying to do and all I’m trying to do is buy into what he’s preaching. I trust him. I believe that he knows what success looks like and feels like. I trust that he’s going to be able to get us there. I don’t know what success is, how to measure it yet but I think at the end of the day it comes down to getting wins and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

On playing against Ariel Atkins: 

“Ariel’s a good player. We have been playing against each other for a while now. Since like, high school. She just continues to get better and better. As a young player in the league, second-year player, it’s nice to see her out there doing her thing. Playing against her is always a tough matchup but we just continue to matchup throughout our career.”

 

SKY GUARD CHLOE JACKSON

On the takeaway from tonight’s game: 

“Just that we have to do better rebounding. They killed us on second-chance points and also the three ball. They shot the lights out today. We got to get up there. Get there quicker.”

On playing in her hometown tonight:

“It was a dream come true. I always wanted to play back in D.C. I think my four years in college I haven’t played home. It was good. I’m glad so many people got to come out and see me.”

 

NEXT UP

Chicago returns to home court to host the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm for a second time at Wintrust Arena this Sunday, June 9. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CST.D