Washington Mystic veteran Elena Delle Donne had a message for WNBA officials after suffering an 80-74 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. According to him, an undisclosed amount was fined for the comments. Karim Copeland of The Washington Post.
“I’m just going to say it,” said the two-time league MVP. “I’m so tired of being treated like a rookie with calls. If I get fined—whatever. I’ve had a lot of back surgeries—whatever. I just attack Hope it changes. Hopefully, it changes next game, but there’s really nothing you can do in those moments.”
Delle Donne finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in the loss. The two-time MVP also suffered five personal fouls, getting into foul trouble with less than a minute left in the game.
Shakira Austin, who is in only her second WNBA season, scored a career-high 21 points while adding 11 rebounds on Sunday for the Mystics. After being called for four personal fouls, he shook his head in agreement while Del Donne spoke out against the officiating.
Notable Suns players also got caught in fouls, as Alyssa Thomas and Breonna Jones both committed five fouls. While Dale Dunn feels that the officials remember the foul committed against her, she will not let it change her game.
“I just keep attacking, eventually I hope because I can get up and jump over people, you can see my arm is hurting. I just keep attacking and hoping I’m sure that will change. Hopefully it will change the next game, but there’s really nothing you can do in those moments. You just, when you see something, you just have to attack it. And Shakira (Austin ) who stepped forward and took charge.
Through three games, the six-time All-Star is averaging 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. It was his first full year after dealing with multiple back injuries starting in 2019, when he helped the franchise clinch the title.
In October of 2022, she dropped a signature shoe with Nike that was inspired by her decades-long battle with Lyme disease.
He led Washington with 27 points when the Mystics met the Suns again on Tuesday. His performance was not enough to secure a rematch for the Mystics, which the Suns won 88–81.
Delle Donne and the Mystics will look for a win when they visit the Chicago Sky on Friday.