The Mystics (24-8) will face the Dallas Wings (10-21) for the third, and final, time Friday evening at home. Washington is 2-0 against Dallas this season after beating them 86-62 in June and 91-85 on Aug. 31.
When: Friday September 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena
How to watch: Twitter, NBCSWA + Monumental
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Knee, Out), Tianna Hawkins (Knee, Questionable)
Will Arike Ogunbowale have another 30-point game?
Ogunbowale, who is leading her team in points and assists per game, unsurprisingly put up a team-high 30 points against the Mystics last week. While it wasn’t enough to get her team past Washington, she did get off 24 shots, where she made 10. The point guard is quick, and her aggressiveness landed her 10 free-throw attempts. She was 80% from the line.
In her team’s last game against Connecticut she became the first rookie in WNBA history to score 30+ points in three consecutive games and there’s no doubt she can make it a fourth.
The Mystics need to put more pressure on her in the backcourt and help each other out when she drives to the basket.
The Mystics are adjusting without Toliver and Powers
Both Toliver and Powers are out with injuries, but the Mystics have showed that their talent runs deep. While this isn’t new information, it isn’t an ideal situation for the #1 team going into the playoffs. The Mystics are a greater team with Toliver and Powers healthy. Powers, especially, has showed great promise in the absence of Toliver, easily becoming one Washington’s biggest threats to opponents.
Washington beat Dallas last week without the duo and they can absolutely do the same Friday but hopefully both, or even one of two, returns soon.