The Mystics (13-9) take on the Atlanta Dream (10-12) on Sunday afternoon after Friday’s game against the Sun was rained out. Here’s a preview:
When and Where: Sunday, July 30, 3 p.m. ET at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA
TV/Streaming: If you’re in the D.C. area, you’ll have to watch this on Monumental Sports Network. If your’e in the ATL area, turn on FOX Sports Southeast. WNBA League Pass is on everywhere else.
Injuries: The Mystics are missing Tayler Hill due to a knee injury and Natasha Cloud due to a plantar fascia tear. The Dream will miss Aneika Henry-Morello due to a foot injury. It appears that Angel McCoughtry will sit this season out.
What to look for
D.C. goes for the sweep - Washington got two close wins against the Dream this season at home this season. Their signature “character win” of the season came against this same team just a little over a week ago. That was when Kristi Toliver and Emma Meesseman led Washington to overcome a 21 point deficit to beat ATL 100-96 in overtime.
Can the backcourt provide a boost? The Mystics’ injuries are concentrated at the guard position with Tayler Hill and Natasha Cloud out. Washington will need another strong performance from Toliver and Ivory Latta, but I’m more curious about the reserves. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough still hasn’t had a chance to play much this season, and neither has Asia Taylor.
Washington just signed one-time All-Star Allison Hightower to help bolster depth last Friday. However, she battled injuries in the last couple seasons and was cut by the Sun earlier this spring. I’m not sure if their current backcourt options besides Toliver, Latta, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt are ready to take rotation level minutes. But at this point in the season, they have to.