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Mystics at Sky preview: Washington tries to snap 2 game skid on Sunday

Stewart W. Small

The Washington Mystics (7-5) take on the Chicago Sky (3-9) tomorrow evening.

Let’s not forget that we are sill in the middle of All Star voting season!

So, tweet or write a Facebook post that says “Elena Delle Donne #WNBAVOTE,” “Tayler Hill #WNBAVOTE,” “Kristi Toliver #WNBAVOTE.” You get the drill!

When and Where 6 p.m. ET. All State Arena, Chicago, IL.

Streaming WNBA League Pass, Monumental, The U TOO in the Chicago area.

Who to look out for

The Mystics have won both of the two previous contests against Chicago. And they could use a win after losing the last two games.

Granted, Coach Thibault and assistant coach Eric Thibault were not available for the game on Friday. They may not be on Sunday as well, due to the death of Coach T’s father and Eric’s grandfather.

Stefanie Dolson is averaging 13 points and six rebounds in her first season with the Sky. Allie Quigley is having a nice season with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Cappie Pondexter is averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, so it is the same cast that the Mystics were able to handle at the beginning of the season.

Washington will need to have a decent game from Krystal Thomas and Tianna Hawkins which I think is very possible.

Hopefully, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will not shoot below her average of 33 percent. A 40 percent night will be very helpful if Tayler Hill cools off, which she might.

I expect the team to come out with a chip on their shoulder, since they were handed their second loss to the Lynx on Friday. That has to sting a bit.

Intensity is key to success for this Mystics squad because the scoring is there, but not the focus needed for a full 40 minutes.