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The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun to win their first WNBA championship on Thursday, Oct. 10, at St Elizabeths East Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC.

The Mystics, led by Emma Meesseman and injured league MVP Elena Delle Donne, defeated the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

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Emma Meesseman (L), the 6 ft 4 in Washington Mystics center, celebrated with teammates before the Mystics popped bottles of champagne in the locker room.

Meesseman, 26, who played for the Belgian National team last year, was named the Finals MVP. She averaged 17.8 points off the bench for the series and scored a team-high 22 points in the championship win.

Delle Donne, 30, who was hobbled by a herniated disc in her back, added 21 points.

The Mystics held the league's best record going into the playoffs.

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.

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