In the weeks leading up to the 2020 season, many wondered if the Washington Mystics would be able to maintain the same offensive firepower that propelled them last season to their first-ever WNBA Championship. Without Elena Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, and Latoya Sanders, this year’s group needed to collectively take a big step up to fill the void left by the three starters from last season’s team.
After winning three of their first four games against strong competition, it’s fair to say that so far they’ve done just that. Led by Myisha Hines-Allen, Aerial Powers, Ariel Atkins, and Emma Meesseman, the 2020 Mystics have featured a balanced scoring attack that has outpaced 2019’s record-setting team.
In what will be a season-long series, Significant StatiSTICS will take a look at the numbers and milestones behind the Mystics’ wins and losses throughout 2020. Learn what’s driving the team’s success down in the Wubble and be sure to check back weekly for updates!
The Mystics picked up right where they left off last season, scoring 101 points in the season opener against Indiana – the most points scored in a season opener in franchise history. Their previous high was 95 points in 2006 and 2013.
Aerial Powers surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring mark during Thursday’s victory over the Seattle Storm. It took Powers just 101 games (of which she had only started 13) to achieve the milestone.
Four Mystics players have set or tied career-highs during the first four games of the season:
- Myisha Hines-Allen scored a career-high 27 points during the season opener against Indiana.
- Aerial Powers scored a career-high 27 points during Tuesday’s victory over Connecticut.
- Emma Meesseman tied a career-high with 8 assists during Tuesday’s win over Connecticut.
- Ariel Atkins tied a career-high with 5 three-point field goals made during Thursday’s win over Seattle.
The Mystics made 15 three-pointers during Thursday’s victory over Seattle. That is the most by a WNBA team so far this season.
49.3 FIRST HALF POINTS PER GAME
Washington has been getting out to a hot start against their opponents. The team is averaging 49.3 first half points per game through their first four contests of the season. Last season, they averaged 47.4 first half points.
The Mystics totaled 284 points scored through their first three games of the season. That is the third-most points scored in WNBA history at that point in a season.
Washington’s average margin of victory in their three wins to start the season was 16 points. Two of those wins came against their opponents from the 2018 and 2019 WNBA Finals (Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun).
The Mystics have beaten the Indiana Fever in 11 consecutive contests – a streak that goes back to September 11, 2016.
4 GAMES/4 PLAYERS
In all 4 games this season, Washington has had at least 4 players score in double figures. Ariel Atkins, Aerial Powers, Myisha Hines-Allen, and Emma Meesseman are all averaging over 10 points per game.