Elena Delle Donne wasn’t on the court for a very long time Tuesday, but she made her presence felt nonetheless.
In fewer than 17 minutes against the Los Angeles Sparks, Delle Donne posted 18 points on nine field-goal attempts. She went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and contributed six rebounds, finishing the game with a plus-36 in the Mystics’ 78-68 win.
Delle Donne returned to the court for the first time in nearly two years Sunday, scoring 16 points in a loss to the Seattle Storm. On Tuesday, it looked like the the two-time MVP was really starting to find her footing after undergoing two back surgeries since winning a WNBA championship with the Mystics in 2019.
Myisha Hines-Allen added 19 points, six rebounds and three assists in Washington’s win.
Nia Coffey led the way for the Sparks with 15 points and four rebounds, while Chiney Ogwumike added nine points and nine rebounds.
With the win, the Mystics snapped a four-game skid, bringing them to 9-14 on the season. They next play the Dallas Wings on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
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