Elena Delle Donne was named WNBA Player of the Year by the Associated Press on Wednesday, highlighting just one of a handful of AP honors the Mystics racked up including two All-Defense Second Team appointments and Coach of the Year.
Delle Donne made history in Washington this season, as she became the first WNBA player to reach the 50-40-90 club, after she shot 51.5 percent from the field, 43 percent from behind the 3-point line, and 97.4 percent from the foul line. Only eight NBA players have achieved the same.
The Mystics' forward-guard also led the team in points-per game (19.5) and rebounds-per game (8.3, including 6.7 defensive rebounds-per game). Delle Donne also received her seventh Player of the Week honor of the year before she and Washington head into the postseason.
Guards Ariel Atkins and Natasha Cloud were also named to the WNBA All-Defense Second Team, while Delle Donne was selected to the All-WNBA Team.
And, in his 7th year as the Mystics' head coach, Thibault was voted AP's WNBA Coach of the Year.
The Mystics finished the season atop the league, with a 26-8 record and a six-game win streak, enough for the team to finish the regular season leading the AP Power Poll (a spot they maintained for the final five weeks of the season). Washington is also the first seed heading into the WNBA playoffs.
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