The Washington Mystics (8-13) are facing the Atlanta Dream (7-14) Sunday evening.
When: Saturday, September 13 at 5 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: Facebook, Fox Sports Southeast – Atlanta, SN360
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hamstring, Out); Stella Johnson (Ankle, Out)
Dream: Kalani Brown (Knee, Questionable); Tiffany Hayes (Personal, Out)
The Mystics are a step closer to clinching the final playoff spot after beating the New York Liberty Saturday afternoon. Atlanta is already eliminated from playoff contention and if the Mystics beat them and/or the Dallas Wings lose to the Liberty on Sunday they can clinch the 8th playoff spot.
Sunday’s game was originally supposed to be played on Aug. 26. However, the Mystics and the Atlanta Dream decided to not play following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Wisconsin police officer.
The Mystics did not feel it was right to play, according to ESPN’s Holly Rowe. It led to the rest of the teams expected to play that night to follow suit. There was no league play the following day either.
“This is not a strike,” Nneka Ogwumike said in statement from the WNBA players. “This is not a boycott. This is affirmatively a day of reflection.”
This will be the second time both teams are facing each other this season. The last time they matched up was Aug. 18, resulting in a 98-91 win for Washington.
In that game, Washington was led by Stella Johnson. The rookie put on an impressive 25-point performance, making 6 shots from behind the arc. Unfortunately, Johnson is out for the season with an ankle injury. What helped give the Mystics an advantage was that their offense contributions were spread out with five players in double-figures.
Atlanta had two players with 30-plus points. Betnijah Laney led with 35 points with a solid 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Courtney Williams followed with an impressive 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Mystics need to contain both.
The Mystics are going to have to get many players involved again to secure a win.