WASHINGTON -- Elena Delle Donne scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics hand the Connecticut Sun one of the worst defeats in WNBA history with a 102-59 rout on Saturday.
The game was a matchup of the top two teams in the league and Washington (9-3) quickly turned it into a rout for its fifth straight win.
The Mystics had lost their two previous matchups with the Sun this season, but shot 53% from the field with 13 3-pointers and made all 21 of their free throws. Connecticut (9-4), which had its worst offensive and defensive games of the season, has now lost three straight.
Delle Donne scored four quick points to start a 9-0 for a double-figure lead midway through the first quarter. It was 29-15 after one quarter and 56-30 at the half as the Mystics, easily topped their league-leading average of 85.5 points a game and established a new season-low on defense.
Ariel Atkins added 15 points for Washington and Tianna Hawkins was one of three reserves in double figures with 12, her fifth-straight double-figure game off the bench.
Jonquel Jones was the only Sun in double figures with 15.
Coming off her best game of the season, Arike Ogunbowale looks to further bolster her WNBA Rookie of the Year credentials Friday night when the Dallas Wings host the New York Liberty.
The Chicago Sky will be without a key part of their starting lineup Friday night when they face the Los Angeles Sparks in a game crucial to both teams' hopes of finishing in the top four.
Having salvaged a split of their two-game trek west and four-game road trip overall, the Connecticut Sun look to retain the inside track on a bye to the semifinal round of the playoffs Friday night when they host the reigning WNBA champion Seattle Storm.