Atkins scores 23 to help Mystics slip past Storm 78-75

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored 23 points to help the Washington Mystics hold off Sunday’s Seattle Storm 78-75.

Elena Delle Donne had 17 points for Washington (19-12) while Natasha Cloud had 11 with 10 assists.

Breanna Stewart led Seattle (19-12) with 23 points. Jewell Loyd scored 15 points and Sue Bird contributed 12 points and seven assists.

Atkins scored eight points in the third quarter to help the Mystics turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 62-55 lead into the final third.

Seattle closed within 75-73 on Birds 3-pointers with 2:03 remaining, but Shakira Austin sunk 1 of 2 fouls and Delle Donne followed up with a layup to keep the Storm at bay. Atkins scores 23 to help Mystics slip past Storm 78-75

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