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Sabrina Ionescu leads Liberty past Mystics, New York’s first home playoff win since 2015

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored 29 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to help the New York beat the Washington Mystics 90-75 in Game 1 of their WNBA matchup on Friday night.

Jonquel added 20 points and 12 rebounds to give New York its first home playoff victory since 2015. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Tuesday night in New York.

Ionescu scored eight points in the third quarter, including the final five of the period with a deep 3-pointer and then a floater in the lane just before the buzzer to give New York a 69-57 advantage.

Myisha Hines- scored a playoff career-high 21 points for the Mystics.

Breanna Stewart, the Associated Press Player of the Year, had a rough night for the Liberty, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Satou Sabally scored 32 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 24 and Dallas rallied from an early deficit to beat Atlanta in the opener of a best-of-three series.

Teaira McCowan had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wings, who trailed 36-21 after the first quarter. She scored on a putback in the fourth quarter to give Dallas the lead for good.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Dallas.

Rhyne Howard, the top pick in last year's , finished with 36 points for the Dream, who were playing in the postseason for the first time since 2018. Howard went 13 of 29 from the field and 8 of 15 from 3-point range.


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