- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was named the Associated Press’ WNBA Player of the Year on Wednesday. 

Delle Donne, 30, became the first WNBA player to finish a season with a 50-40-90 stat line, which means she shot at least 50% from the field (51.5 %), 40% from deep (43%) and 90% from the line (97.4%). The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as the Mystics finished with a league-best 26-8 record. 

Delle Donne is also considered the frontrunner for the league’s MVP award, a title she previously earned in 2015.

Beyond Delle Donne, the AP also recognized Mystics coach Mike Thibault as coach of the year. Thibault, who has been coaching the Mystics since 2013, is the WNBA’s all-time winningest coach. 

The Mystics have the top seed in the WNBA Playoffs, which begin Wednesday. Washington has a bye in the first round and will not play until next Tuesday. 

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