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Mystics at Lynx preview: Washington looks to beat Minnesota for the second time this season

The Mystics are coming off a win against the Chicago Sky.

WNBA: Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

How to Watch: Bally Sports North, Monumental Sports Network, NBA TV Canada


Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out)

Lynx: Sylvia Fowles (Knee, Out); Moriah Jefferson (left quadriceps strain, probable); Damiris Dantas (Lisfranc injury, probable)

Pregame notes

The Washington Mystics will face the Minnesota Lynx for the second time this regular season on Friday on the road. In their first match up on May 8, it resulted in a 78-66 win for the Mystics. In that game, all of Washington’s starters scored in double-figures. Ariel Atkins led with 20 points and Natasha Cloud followed with 19 first half points. Rookie Shakira Austin took advantage of her first career-start, finishing the night with a double-double. She put up 13 points and 10 boards. The Lynx struggled shooting in the first half, shooting 22.6% in the first half. In fact, they scored just 4 point in the entire second quarter.

Elena Delle Donne has not played in a game against the Lynx this season and will not suit up in Friday’s game, which was a “planned rest day”, according to Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post.

The Lynx will be without Sylvia Fowles, who is dealing with a cartilage injury in her right knee, the team announced Thursday. Fowles, who is retiring at the end of this season will be out indefinitely. Her absence is a huge loss to the team as she is leading in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks.

The Mystics are coming off a win against the Sky and will look to take advantage of the Lynx, who are coming off an ugly 88-69 loss to the New York Liberty.