- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2019

It was garbage time, but not for Shey Peddy.

On the Washington Mystics’ roster as a “hardship exception” signing while Kristi Toliver is sidelined, Peddy was running down the clock with the Mystics’ other depth players. She pulled up and buried a 3-pointer — and only later found out it was Washington’s 18th 3-pointer of the game, a new WNBA record.

“I didn’t know we even hit 18. I didn’t know till they said something just now,” Peddy said, adding with a smile, “But I mean, if they want to give it to me, I’ll take it.”

The Mystics used the long ball to crush the Indiana Fever 107-68, winning their season-high sixth straight game and 11th of their last 12.

The Mystics finished 46.2% from 3-point range (18-for-39). Nine players made at least one, led by Aerial Powers (4-for-6), Ariel Atkins (4-for-9) and Elena Delle Donne (3-for-4).

Delle Donne posted 25 points and nine rebounds, both team highs. Powers finished with 19 points, Atkins scored 14 and Emma Meesseman had 11.

Washington scored 18 unanswered points in the opening minutes, as it took more than seven minutes for Indiana to make its first shot from the field. The Fever offense eventually got going, and Indiana drew to within seven early in the second period. Meesseman and Delle Donne nailed 3-pointers to help Washington take a 43-34 lead into halftime.

Mystis coach Mike Thibault played his starting five for most of the third quarter to reestablish a more dominant lead. They stayed on the perimeter to do it — draining seven 3-pointers in the quarter, including six straight attempts without a miss. Powers sank treys on back-to-back possessions.

“It helps when Elena comes out makes a couple threes to start,” Thibault said, “and Aerial Powers makes a couple and Ariel Atkins makes a couple. All of a sudden, you’re growing by threes instead of by twos. The game changes really quickly.”

Washington led by 26 at the final break and coasted to victory. Peddy’s record-breaking shot came with 1:21 left to play. The previous record was set by the Seattle Storm with 17 in a game in 2018.

Washington was without Toliver for the fourth straight game as the regular starting guard continues rehabbing a knee contusion.

The Mystics haven’t slowed down without her. They became the first team to clinch their playoff berth when they topped Minnesota on the road on Friday.

“We’re a dangerous team,” Peddy said. “There’s no slacking. There’s nobody you can lay off of. We all can score, we all can do multiple things and I think the league knows that.”

Three weeks remain in the regular season. Four of the Mystics’ final seven games are at home, and three come against teams on the outside of the playoff picture.

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