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Mystics at Wings preview: Washington faces Dallas on the road Wednesday

Stewart W. Small

For the second time in this early part of the season, the (3-6) Mystics will head to Dallas and take on the (3-4) Wings, to notch another road win.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm EST
Where: College Park Center (Arlington, TX).
TV: WNBA League Pass.

Injury Report

Kahleah Copper may be available after receiving concussion protocol last week.

Keys to the Game

The Mystics are 3-1 on the road. They had a big upset win against the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream on Sunday, 86-79. The team has all of its moving parts finally, and the playoff team we remember from last year, found its form. The bench came on strong, particularly Hawkins and Malott chipping in ten points apiece to hold off an onslaught, particularly in the 4th quarter.

The Mystics have lowered their number of turnovers [seven last game but averaging 16], had 20 assists and 43 rebounds. Above average except for rebounding percentage, where they have gone from fourth to third now, in the Association. Well, it is something to hang your hat on.

But it was the WAY they played, like this feed from Stefanie Dolson to Emma Meesseman, who goes Southpaw HAM down low, made the team seem like...well, a team.

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The key to any game for the Mystics is to spread the floor and create the space for shooters to hit/kick/drive. They can do all three when they create for each other and are not turning the ball over. Their timing has improved, incrementally.

Finally, Natasha Cloud and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt need to produce offensively. Six points and five assists between the two of them is less than desirable AS STARTERS.

Who Wins?

With Ivory Latta back in the rotation, and Hill potentially a threat, Meesseman and Dolson should eat the Wings alive down low. : ) Without Skylar Diggins again, due to her knee surgery recovery, it really should be a no-brainer for the Mystics.

But if the Mystics lose their focus, forget to hang on to the ball or get distracted in general, as illustrated in their home losses, they have a very slim chance of winning. But I consider June the beginning of the season as I have mentioned.

Last year, a non-Olympic year, we would just be getting started and be 1-0. But instead, we have worked out our growing pains to a 3-6 record. Onward and upward.