Brittney Sykes and Elena Delle Donne

The surging Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association were just one win away from heading to the WNBA finals when they were routed 97-76 by the Washington Mystics in game 4 on Sunday. The Dream was hobbled by the return of 6-ft-5 small forward Elena Delle Donne from what appeared to be a season-ending injury in game 2.

Delle Donne, pictured above right, suffered a bone bruise in her left knee late in the 4th quarter of game 2. The Dream won that game 78-75, and it looked like they would coast to the WNBA Finals.

But after sitting out Friday's loss to the Dream, Delle Donne returned Sunday and led the Mystics to a decisive win over our hometown team.

Brittney Sykes, pictured above left, Tiffany Hayes, Montgomery, and Jessica Breland each scored 12 points for the Dream on Sunday.

Game 5 in the best-of-5 series is today, Sept. 4, at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

Experience is on the Dream's side with four WNBA finals appearances. The Mystics have never reached the WNBA finals in franchise history.

Go Dream!

  • iWasteTime

    Alright Sandra!
    Keep the women sports posts coming !

  • Carrington

    Whoever is over the WNBA marketing is the reason most people don't even know that the league still exists.
    All they had to do was bring a bunch of celebrities in and put them front row at each game so that people will want to be there and I can assure you that people would've started showing up at those games.
    People don't want to go where nobody is there... if they see celebrities showing up, it's the place to be so the people want to be there too. Make it a party environment... and they will come.

  • TMW

    Not directly on topic...but did Brittney Griner get engaged again?

  • SandraRose

    Brittney is such an easy mark. Who tricked her into putting a ring on it this time? ?

  • TMW

    According to TMZ, her “longtime” girlfriend Cherelle Watson. How “longtime” can it be???

  • SandraRose

    Longtime girlfriend? Wasn't she just "married" to another WNBA player who took her for everything she had? ??

  • TMW

    That’s what I thought...the Glory Johnson fiasco wasn’t a long time ago at all. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t know who Brittney Griner was.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I forgot all about women's basketball!

  • taurus_32

    OMG @sandrarose is posting the WNBA! Let’s go Mystics!!!!! Oh and I thought Aerial Powers was straight until she posted her girlfriend today ?

  • taurus_32

    Yup their marketing is horrible but espn has to be the worst TV market for women’s sports

  • SandraRose

    I agree. I'm surprised at the total lack of marketing by the WNBA. But what really surprised me is how good the women play now. They push the ball up the court faster, they pass, they play good defense. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy watching the games now. ?

  • Decked Out

    Let's Go Washington DC "Mystics"