Despair for Cambage's Aces as Mystics win

The WNBA dream is over for Liz Cambage and the Las Vegas Aces after losing to the Mystics.
The WNBA dream is over for Liz Cambage and the Las Vegas Aces after losing to the Mystics.

Liz Cambage backed up her fighting words with another strong performance for the Las Vegas Aces, but it was not enough to stop the Washington Mystics from registering a 94-90 win and reaching the WNBA Finals.

The Australian, who had suggested the Mystics needed to "get in the weight room" to deal with her physical play, led the Aces with 25 points and 12 rebounds on Tuesday night, but it was to no avail in their semi-final series.

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points to earn the Mystics a return trip to the Finals, after eliminating the Aces in four games.

They will now host the Connecticut Sun in Game 1 of the Finals on Sunday. Washington were swept aside by Seattle in last year's Finals.

Emma Meesseman bounced back from her dismal performance in Game 3, where she was held to just six points, by scoring 22 for Washington. Kristi Toliver added 20 and Natasha Cloud chipped in with 11.

Cambage apart, Dearica Hamby scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and Kelsey Plum 17 for the Aces.

The Aces built a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter, but the Mystics quickly turned things around.

Toliver, Delle Donne, Cloud and Meesseman scored consecutive buckets to ignite a 16-4 run that closed the half and gave the Mystics a 45-43 lead at the break.

Washington carried their momentum into the second half when Toliver opened the quarter with a three-pointer in front of the Aces bench and went on to score 10 of the Mystics' first 15 points in the third.

But Las Vegas weren't done, though, as they erased a seven-point deficit and closed the third quarter on a 15-7 run that included five points each from Plum and WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Hamby which gave the Aces a 68-67 lead.

But League MVP Donne and Meesseman took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 of Washington's 26 points in the period to seal the win.

Australian Associated Press