The WNBA enters its final two weeks with a number of teams precariously close in the standings, which means every basket counts for teams pining for a postseason berth. That’s why Washington’s Kristi Toliver delivering a dagger to the Dallas Wings was so clutch on Sunday.
The Wings and Mystics were a win apart in the standings entering Sunday’s game, and the proceedings were just as even throughout. With the score tied at 74, Toliver essentially had the game in her hands in the final seconds.
She drove on Kaela Davis, then hit the brakes to shake free of Davis, putting up a turnaround jumper just near the baseline with the game on the line that fell true.
Toliver’s two with 1.4 seconds left proved to be the difference, as the Wings were unable to hit a shot to force overtime at College Park Center in Arlington on Sunday. It was a huge loss for Dallas, which sits at the bottom of the playoff hunt in the WNBA as the season hits its final weeks.
The top eight teams in the league make the postseason regardless of conference, and a quick look at the standings (though before Sunday’s Mystics win) tells you everything you need to know about the playoff race.
It’s going to be a fun fortnight on the WNBA courts for hoops fans.