They got the job done late on Thursday night with an exciting 89-78 win over the Connecticut Sun in a winner-take-all Game 5 that lived up to the hype.
Recently named league MVP Delle Donne was wearing a mask to protect her broken nose, wearing a brace on her left knee and according to reports, was battling three herniated discs in her back. Their frontcourt of Alyssa Thomas (21 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists) and Jonquel Jones (25 points, nine rebounds) put up great numbers but couldn't lead the franchise to what would have been their first championship as well. In the third quarter alone she scored 11 points to help the Mystics cut the deficit back down to two.
When the final buzzer sounded, and the Washington Mystics officially became the 2019 WNBA champions, players hugged one another and cried happy tears.
"I was not thinking (of myself) as the missing piece, I was just a teammate", Meesseman said, via ESPN. This was the Sun's first Finals appearance since 2005. The regular season MVP suffered a herniated disk in her back which forced her to miss nearly all of Game 2, and hampered her the rest of the series.
It was more of the same for Delle Donne in the Finals, as she capped off her season with a wonderful Game 5 performance on Friday. "Every single person deserves this".
Aside from last season, Delle Donne previously appeared in the Finals while with the Sky in 2014 before getting swept by the Mercury in three games.
Delle Donne and the Mystics definitely ended the most recent WNBA season on a high note.
"A lot of people questioned why I went to a team that hadn't been to the playoffs in a while, and I saw it with coach. That's why this means so much to get this with him". I knew he was building something really special. With the Mystics in the championship, they made them the priority and placed their loss above the Nats Wild Card win.