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Elena Delle Donne continues scorching July in Mystics’ win vs. Liberty

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Elena Delle Donne continued her statement-making July in the Washington Mystics’ 78-69 win Thursday afternoon over the New York Liberty.

Delle Donne had 25 points, three rebounds and three assists in the victory, the Mystics’ fourth in five games.

The 2019 WNBA MVP missed Washington’s first game of July due to scheduled rest. With her performance Thursday, though, she has averaged 24.4 points per game through the other five games so far this month, highlighted by back-to-back 26-point performances to start the streak.

The numbers just highlight the return to form for Delle Donne, who is averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game through 19 games.

She played just three games across the 2020 and 2021 seasons as she recovered from a back injury, but she has shined this season.

While Delle Donne still has some scheduled rest days to keep her in top shape, the Mystics are better with her on the floor. The team is 17-11 overall this season — 14-5 with her and 3-6 without her.

In Thursday’s win, Delle Donne was joined in double-digits by Ariel Atkins with 16 points and Myisha Hines-Allen with 13 points.