The (11-17) Washington Mystics will meet the (15-13) Chicago Sky tomorrow at the Verizon Center. With six games left in the season, this is an important one.
When: Wednesday, September 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. EST.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: WNBA League Pass, Monumental Sports Network (if you are in the D.C. area), or The U Too if you’re in the Windy City.
Besides Hartley missing the rest of the season, the Mystics have no injuries at this time, but Ivory Latta missed the last two games due to a knee issue. The Sky will be missing Betnijah Laney because she tore the ACL in her left knee back in June.
Keys to the Game
The Mystics have lost all three meetings with the Sky this season, who are on a four game winning streak. Twice at the beginning of June and once in the beginning of July, so they have not seen them in a while.
As far as records go, the Sky are in fourth place currently and the Mystics are vying for the eighth playoff spot. Every win or loss is critical to the Mystics playoff hunt. Since the Olympic break, the team has gone 2-2. The line-up is in continual flux, but the consistent trend seems to be that Tayler Hill will shoot the team to victory or defeat. With a shooting percentage of 40, they have a chance to win, shooting at a 16 percent rate guarantees a loss.
LaToya Sanders has had a decent start back into the rotation and has been exceptional on the defensive end, tallying 5 blocks in the win agains Dallas, while Emma Meesseman racked up four. That is nice to see, and the Mystics were able to squeak out a win on the road against the Wings.
I think it will be critical to get the posts going in order to win this contest, eleven assists in the last game tells me that the Mystics have not exactly been playing ‘team’ basketball and they will have to in order to get this upset against a very well-rounded Chicago Sky team with the MVP and Gold Medalist, Elena Delle Donne, leading the way.