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Mystics vs. Fever preview: Washington faces another must-win situation on Sunday

The Mystics hopes to finish their homestand on a good note.

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The Washington Mystics (12-18) face off against the Indiana Fever (15-15) on Sunday afternoon to close out their three game stand. Here are the main storylines.

Game time

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 4 p.m. ET

Where: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

Streaming: Monumental Sports Network in the D.C. area, WNBA League Pass

Injury Report

The Mystics are missing Bria Hartley due to pregnancy. Ivory Latta (knee) and LaToya Sanders (stress reaction in foot) are also questionable. For the Fever, Maggie Lucas (knee) is out.

Storylines

Thanks to tiebreakers, Washington is effectively two games behind the Phoenix Mercury for the 8th spot

All 12 teams play on Sunday. The Mercury will host the Dream at 6 p.m. tonight and will try to snap a three game losing streak of their own. If the Mercury loses and the Mystics win, they’ll have identical 13-18 records.

However, Phoenix swept Washington in the regular season and own the tiebreaker. No matter what, the Mystics won’t move up any spots in the standings. But they’re just going to have to win this game in order to have any hope of making the postseason.

Let Meesseman take charge when the moment comes

Emma Meesseman has been a silent hero for the Mystics in each of their last two games when she played a major role as a rebounder and passer in the win over the Sky. And she made key defensive plays for the Mystics during Friday’s loss to the Storm. I expect to see Meesseman continue being a factor on Sunday. Hopefully, she’ll shoot the ball more so her contributions won’t be taken for granted. It certainly seemed that way last couple games.