The Washington Mystics played great out of the gate, then spiraled, then rebounded to make the playoffs.

Lynx star Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons met through a prison ministry program.

Shey Peddy, cut midseason by Washington, beats her former team to cap a thrilling fourth quarter in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

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Wilson earns WNBA’s Most Valuable Player award

A’ja Wilson earns WNBA Most Valuable Player honors after leading Las Vegas to 18-4 record and top seed in the league’s playoffs

Aces’ A’ja Wilson earns AP WNBA player of the year honors

A’ja Wilson has been selected The Associated Press WNBA player of the year

Assisting an assist: Vandersloot aided in reaching 10 a game

Courtney Vandersloot got a little help on her 220th assist of the season, making her the first player in WNBA history to average 10 assists a game

Leilani Mitchell, the 12-year veteran guard, came to the Mystics expecting to be a complementary piece to a team coming off a championship. Instead, she's become a team leader.

The Mystics earn their fourth straight win to close the regular season and will play the Mercury on Tuesday.

The Washington Mystics need a win over the Atlanta Dream or a Dallas Wings loss on the final day of the regular season to secure the eighth and final WNBA playoff spot.

Washington Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen is now in the running to be named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in her third season as her 16.7 points per game ranks No. 9 in the league and 8.7 rebounds ranks No. 5.

Myisha Hines-Allen scores 30 points as the Mystics pull an 80-72 upset to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth with two games remaining.

Washington still needs help as the regular season nears its conclusion.

Arike Ogunbowale finishes with a game-high 39 points, including a huge three-pointer late in regulation, and Dallas beats Washington, 101-94.

Leilani Mitchell scores 20 points to go with a career-high 12 assists as the Mystics kept their WNBA playoff hopes alive.

Despite losing 11 of 12, the Mystics entered Wednesday night's game against Seattle still alive for a playoff spot.

Washington loses, 76-63, to Connnecticut, and Thibault criticizes his players’ mistakes afterward.

As owner of the Atlanta Dream, Loeffler was obsessed with winning titles. But her nascent political career has made her the archenemy of her own team.

After leading the WNBA's move to postpone games to focus attention on social injustice, the Mystics retook the floor Friday night to play Phoenix.

Players took Thursday as a day of reflection to refocus on the social justice causes that have been the theme of the shortened 22-game season.

The Washington Mystics were slated to play the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m., but the game was postponed.

“From Day 1 in all this, her intent with the medical opt-out, she has said she is coming back,” Coach/General Manager Mike Thibault said.

Taurasi scored 34 points as the Phoenix Mercury posted an 88-87 win.

Washington played without Emma Meesseman (shoulder sprain), but Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 35 points.

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