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Myisha Hines-Allen shines in Washington Mystics rout of Indiana Fever

The defending WNBA Champion thumped the Phoenix Mercury in their season opener. We break down some notable stats and news.

Myisha Hines-Allen #2 shoots the ball against the Indiana Fever on July 25, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Behind a career high 27 points from Myisha Hines-Allen, it was a dominating win by the WNBA Champion Washington Mystics in a 101-76 win over the Indiana Fever today in Bradenton, Florida to open the 2020 season.

The champs were only a -2 favorite on the closing line, thank in part to missing players like 2019 MVP Elena Delle Donne and new acquisition Tina Charles. But at no point was this ever a basketball game, with the Mystics leading 36-26 after the first quarter and never looking back.

Hines-Allen was the star for the Mystics after playing just a bit part on their title team last year. She averaged just 2.3 points per game in 2019 and entered with a career high of 15 established in 2018, but had 27 today in just 29 minutes on 11-17 shooting. 2019 Finals MVP Emma Meesseman chipped in 14 on 7-13 from the floor as well as five rebounds and three assists.

Indiana was led by 25 points from Kelsey Mitchell on 8-17 shooting, but the Fever played like the rebuilding franchise they are. They allowed the Mystics to shoot 55.9% from the field, while only making 28 of 71 shots with 13 turnovers. The Fever also lost on the board 34-22, which is a significant margin when you’re missing that many more shots.

Washington Mystics stats

Myisha Hines-Allen: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists
Emma Meesseman: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Indiana Fever stats

Kelsey Mitchell: 25 points, 3 assists
Tiffany Mitchell: 15 points, 4 rebounds

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