- The Washington Times
Monday, June 29, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop the Washington Mystics from being the latest local team to celebrate their recent league championship with a ring ceremony.

The Mystics received their 2019 WNBA championship rings Sunday as players and coaches celebrated in what appeared to be a socially-distanced, outdoor team gathering.

Each ring, designed by Jostens, features 120 diamonds along with several rubies and sapphires that help illustrate the team’s primary logo on top of the ring.

One side reads “run it back,” the team’s motto entering the 2019 campaign, along with the team’s regular-season record of 26-8. The other side is personalized with each player’s name and jersey number alongside an illustration of the Capitol building, the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

The inside of the ring shows the Mystics’ playoff results: a 3-1 series win over the Las Vegas Aces, followed by a 3-2 win in the Finals over the Connecticut Sun.

The Mystics will get a shot at defending their title when the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season begins in late July in Bradenton, Florida. Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders opted out of the season for various reasons, while the team acquired center Tina Charles in a pre-draft trade.

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