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Mystics vs. Sparks preview: Washington looks to start their four game road trip with a win

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Please don’t get ejected, Kristi Toliver.

WNBA: Finals-Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Mystics are on a long road trip for nearly two weeks. First up? The Los Angeles Sparks!

Game Info

When: Tuesday June 18 at 10 p.m. ET

Where: Staples Center

How to watch: CBS Sports Network, Spectrum SportsNet, Monumental

Injury Report

Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Emma Meesseman (Out, Overseas), Kim Mestdagh (Out, Overseas)

Sparks: Maria Vadeeva (Out, Overseas), Candace Parker (Questionable, hamstring), Alana Beard (Questionable, Leg)

Pregame notes

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt plays against her old squad

Not going to lie, it’s been weird watching Ruffin-Pratt suit up in purple and gold this season. Now, it’s going to even stranger watching her compete against the Mystics on Tuesday. She spent her first six seasons playing in Washington but that came to an end when she signed with Los Angeles during the off season.

The guard-forward is averaging 6.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.

Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chelsea Gray were a problem in their last game

Although the Sparks lost their last game to the Liberty by 6 points, the Ogwumike sisters and Gray kept their team in the game. Chiney led with an impressive 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists in her 24 minutes of play while Nneka followed with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Chelsea, the only other Sparks player to score in double-digits put up 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Toliver needs to keep her cool

Kristi Toliver received 2 technical fouls in the Mystics’ loss against Seattle Friday evening, resulting her ejection from the game. This all happened in the first quarter which was not a good look at all. Although Washington led most of the game, it’s hard not to think of how things would have played out had Toliver played the entire game. This simply cannot and should not happen again, especially so early in a game.

The Mystics need Toliver to play if they plan to win.

Washington needs to finish strong

The Mystics outscored the Storm in the first three quarters of their game last Friday, but when it came to fourth quarter points they got blown out. In the last quarter, Washington only scored 8 points while Seattle scored 22 points. The Mystics need to hold onto their leads carefully and finish games as strong as they start them.