Minnesota Lynx end Washington Mystics’ season, clinch third playoff seed


The Minnesota Lynx earned themselves the third seed in the 2021 playoffs, downing the Washington Mystics 83-77. The loss also eliminated the Mystics from playoff contention.

Aerial Powers led the team in points with a career-high 27, shooting 50 percent from the field. Napheesa Collier also added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Sunday’s loss marks a frustrating end to an injury-plagued season for the Mystics. The team was forced to play most of the season without Elena Delle Donne and lost Tina Charles, Natasha Cloud, and Myisha Hines-Allen for stretches throughout the year.

Charles still managed to lead the league in points per game with 23.7, fighting to put a limited Mystics into the playoffs despite the difficult season.

Washington’s loss means the Los Angeles Sparks could clinch the final playoff spot with a win in their Sunday matchup against the Wings. A loss would send the New York Liberty to the postseason.