Mystics' Delle Donne wins second MVP

What the Aces can take away from the first two games as they head home in survival mode

For the second time in her career, Washington's Elena Delle Donne has been voted the WNBA's MVP, the league announced Thursday.

The Washington Mystics used a big third quarter to separate themselves from the Aces and held on to win, 103-91, in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals Thursday at Entertainment and Sports Arena.

She was also selected as MVP in 2015 while playing with the Chicago Sky.

Delle Donne received 41 of 43 first-place votes with a total of 420 points from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, according to the WNBA's press release.

"I am extremely proud of this honor", Delle Donne said. The team set marks for highest points per game average in franchise history (89.3), highest free throw percentage in a season in WNBA history (87.5) and most assists per game (21.9) in WNBA history.

How she played in Game 2 may have been unfamiliar for some that were watching, but not for those in the Mystics locker room.

Washington traded for Delle Donne after the 2017 season. At the same time, Delle Donne feels she and her team have more to accomplish this season, and it was clear that she would turn her attention to the upcoming game as soon as the press conference ended.

"She hasn't been that far off from being an MVP her other years, either", Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while Emma Meesseman is averaging 13.1 points and 3.2 assists. Delle Donne joins five others who have been named MVP a few times. She also played with that injury in helping the US team win the World Cup past year shortly after the WNBA Finals.

As to why Delle Donne didn't capture all 43 votes, her teammate, Natasha Cloud, had a simple explanation. "But even on this type of night, she's a player that you have to commit to, that you have to respect", Cloud said.

A six-time All-Star, Delle Donne swept all three of the Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors, also being named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week seven times, matching Tina Charles' record for the most Player of the Week honors in a conference for a WNBA season. "Everyone has had a part in this, especially my wife and family, and it took a lot of hard work and focus from all of us together to get to this point".



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