Tina Charles, Mystics keep playoff hopes alive with win over Dream


The Washington Mystics defeated the Atlanta Dream 82-74 to keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday night. The Mystics are now tied with the New York Liberty for the WNBA’s eighth and final playoff spot with three games remaining.

After a four-game absence due to a hip injury, Tina Charles returned to the lineup and reminded everyone why she’s a leading candidate for the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player award.

Charles scored a game-high 26 points, marking her league-leading 18th 20-point game of the season.

The Mystics star also had 16 rebounds, which surpassed Rebekkah Brunson for second on the all-time rebound list, trailing only Sylvia Fowles.

After the Friday victory, Charles now has 11 career games with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds combined, tying Lisa Leslie for the most in WNBA history. Just this year, Charles has 5 such games, the most in a season in WNBA history.

Theresa Plaisance also put up 14 points for the Mystics, and Natasha Cloud added 13 points, six assists, and four steals.

After the game, Charles was interviewed about becoming second all-time in rebounding.

“That just goes out to Coach Auriemma, who always told me I was the worst rebounder,” said Charles.