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The first round of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs wrapped up Wednesday night in both Washington D.C. and Phoenix.
And for the most part, both games went as many expected.
The top seeds of both single elimination games came out victories to send them to the second round.
Here’s a recap from the opening night of postseason play:
No. 6 Washington Mystics 86, No. 7 Dallas Wings 76
The higher-seeded Mystics came away with the win in the game, eliminating the Wings from the playoffs.
The game was a pretty intense, back-and-forth contest, which I guess you can expect from two teams seeded so close to each other.
Washington jumped out to leads in both the first and third quarters, but Dallas answered back with late runs to end each half.
But the Mystics ended up holding off the Wings 86-76 to advance to play the third-seeded New York Liberty at 4 p.m. Sunday at Madison Square Garden and will be aired on ESPN2.
Elena Delle Donne led Washington with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Emma Meesseman had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kristi Toliver had 16 points and five rebounds.
Aerial Powers had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Dallas. Glory Johnson had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Skylar Diggins-Smith finished with 15 points.
No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 79, No. 8 Seattle Storm 69
In the second game of the doubleheader on ESPN2 on Wednesday night, Phoenix beat Seattle to send the Storm home for the season.
The game was pretty evenly matched during the first half of play, with the Mercury leading 32-31 at the half.
But in the third quarter, Phoenix stepped on the gas. The Mercury outscored the Storm 24-15 in the third quarter and that was enough for them to not give up the lead for the remainder of the game.
Phoenix ended up winning the game 79-69 to advance to face fourth-seeded Connecticut Sun at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena and will be aired on ESPN2.
Brittney Griner had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Leilani Mitchell had 17 points and four rebounds to lead Phoenix. Yvonne Turner had 15 points and four rebounds and Diana Taurasi added 14 points and three assists.
Seattle was led by Breanna Stewart with 23 points and eight rebounds and Jewell Loyd with 17 points and five rebounds. Sue Bird finished with 10 points and five assists.
The second round of the WNBA Playoffs will start on Sunday afternoon on ESPN2. Like the first round, the second round of postseason play is also single elimination.
At 2 p.m., Phoenix and Connecticut square off in the first game of the doubleheader. The two teams played three times during the regular season, with the Sun holding a 2-1 season series advantage.
At 4 p.m., Washington and New York will play in the second game of the doubleheader. The two teams played three times during the year, with the Liberty winning two of those games.