Stanley, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, will be a head coach in the WNBA for the second time.

The newly christened WNBA champions continued their victory tour at Nationals Park.

Players including Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver, Emma Meesseman and Natasha Cloud addressed crowd of several thousand the afternoon after Washington claimed first title in franchise history.

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“It’s hard when you play year-round to make a living but what I always tell people in this game, it beats working and it beats not working," said Mystics Coach Mike Thibault.

The Mystics went 3-27 in their inaugural season. Now they're champions.

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The Mystics attempted nearly 25 three-pointers per game during the playoffs, about five more than the rest of the WNBA postseason field.

The Mystics defeated the Sun, 89-78, in a winner-take-all Game 5 to cap a season in which they set a franchise record for victories and several league marks for offensive production.

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From the MVP Elena Delle Donne battling injuries, to the coach-GM seeking a capstone for a decorated career, to a neighborhood in need, the Mystics bring a championship home.

Two-time MVP overcomes three herniated disks to score 21 points and make Mike Thibault’s dream a reality — and end a 22-year wait for a franchise.

Washington plays for the franchise's first title on Thursday at Entertainment and Sports Arena.

A Connecticut town mayor and Sun fan did the honors for Jessica McNutt and Scott Suchyta on Tuesday.

Aerial Powers and Emma Meesseman combined for 27 points as Washington erased a huge deficit, but Connecticut held on late to force a decisive Game 5.

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A bad start to Game 4 led to a raucous rally that fell just short. At Game 5 in Southeast on Thursday, the Mystics can clinch on their home court.

A topsy-turvy Game 4 ends with Connecticut on top, 90-86, forcing a winner-take-all finale in Washington on Thursday.

The league MVP has had many restless nights since injuring her back but has turned to meditation and other forms of treatment to remain on the court for the WNBA Finals.

The only player on either roster who has won a WNBA championship, she had a double-double in Sunday's pivotal Game 3.

‘She’s our energy’: With a complete performance, guard has Washington one victory away from its first championship.

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League MVP plays 26 minutes in 94-81 win, putting Washington one win from title.

Even in her compromised state, the league MVP managed 13 points in 26 minutes while impressing teammates with her moxie.

Coach-General Manager Mike Thibault said the team is preparing as if neither starter will be available to play Sunday at Connecticut. Both are dealing with back injuries.

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