Emma Meesseman had 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 71-67 on Friday night to earn their second straight Eastern Conference playoff berth.
All-Star Ivory Latta scored 23 points and Monique Currie had 17 as the Washington Mystics returned home for an 89-75 victory over the skidding Connecticut Sun on Tuesday afternoon.
Bria Hartley scored 16 points and the Washington Mystics held off a late Chicago rally for a 72-65 victory on Wednesday in front of a Sky record 16,402 fans.
Talk about landing on your feet. In 10 months, Washington Mystics' Mike Thibault went from being fired to winning the WNBA's 2013 Coach of the Year, the league officially announced Saturday.
Atlanta had the worst road record of any team in the playoffs. But with their season on the line, the Dream dominated cold-shooting Washington to force their Eastern Conference semifinals to a decisive Game 3.
A person familiar with the situation says Washington's Mike Thibault has won WNBA coach of the year.
Ivory Latta set the tone all evening both offensively and defensively to help Washington upset Atlanta on the road to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Dream have home-court advantage, but the Mystics might have more momentum when Washington and Atlanta clash in the first round.
Minnesota, which has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, is once again the favorite when the WNBA postseason opens Thursday.
Kia Vaughn had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to a 69-67 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Currie, Hill, Latta lead Mystics past Atlanta
Mike Thibault has helped define coaching women's pro basketball. Now he's the winningest coach in WNBA history, surpassing Van Chancellor with a 212th career victory Saturday.
Crystal Langhorne scored 12 points and the Washington Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 62-59 on Saturday, giving coach Mike Thibault a WNBA-record 212 career victories.
Behind a roster that includes players like 11-year veteran Michelle Snow and rookie Tayler Hill, the Mystics have new life in 2013 under relocated coach Mike Thibault.
Ivory Latta scored nine of her 17 points in the final seven minutes as the Washington Mystics rallied to beat the short-handed Connecticut Sun 66-62 on Friday night.
After 11 combined victories the past two seasons, new coach Mike Thibault and his players are out to turn around Washington.