The Washington Mystics (6-13) are facing the Los Angeles Sparks (15-5) for the second time this season.
When: Thursday, September 10 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN2
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)
Sparks: Sydney Wiese (Ankle, Questionable); Brittney Sykes (Abdominal, Questionable); Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (Shoulder, Questionable); Maria Vadeeva (Personal, Out); Chiney Ogwumike (Personal, Out); Kristi Toliver (Personal, Out)
Washington’s time in the Bubble is coming to an end. With only three games left the Mystics are looking to end a rough-season with a few more wins. Washington is coming off a 3-points win against a dominant Lynx squad. What’s even more impressive is that they were able to outscore Minnesota in three quarters with only eight players. Myisha Hines-Allen went off with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Emma Meesseman and Ariel Atkins followed with 18 points each.
The last time they played the Sparks was Aug. 13, where they lost 64-81. The Mystics were led by Ariel Atkins with 20 points. Emma Meesseman and Myisha Hines-Allen added 12 and 10 points respectively. The trio were the only players to score in double-figures. For Los Angeles, no particular player that had a big game but there were five players that managed to score in double-figures, which made all the difference. Riquna Williams led the Sparks with 13 points. Candace Parker put up just 6 points but the Mystics should expect her to do more offensively this time around. Parker is leading Los Angeles with 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. They shouldn’t be surprised if she finds a way to score 20-plus points.
The Mystics need to bring the same intensity they had against the Lynx to Thursday night’s game. Minnesota is right behind Los Angeles is league standings so don’t bet against the Mystics just yet.