June 1, 2012; Rosemont, IL, USA; Chicago Sky chairs seen before the game between the Chicago Sky and the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Sky defeats Washington Mystics 93-79

Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky beat Washington 93-79 on Sunday to prevent the Mystics from clinching a playoff spot. While the score would seem like it wasn’t close, it only got bad in the fourth quarter.

The Mystics did trial for most of the game but they were hanging around. The Sky finally put them away:

Down 63-58 at the end of the third, Washington closed within three on Kia Vaughn’s inside basket to open the fourth. But Chicago responded with a 12-2 game-sealing run sparked in part by Prince’s drawn charge on Tierra Ruffin’s layup attempt.

So yeah, one run changed everything. While the Mystics didn’t clinch a playoff spot, they still have a chance.

…who can still clinch their first playoff berth in three seasons with a win or a loss by New York. Washington visits Indiana on Tuesday night, while New York hosts Phoenix.

The Sky already have a playoff spot secured so they’re playing for seeding and stuff like that.

The Sky has won the season series 4-1 vs the Mystics, including three straight.

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