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Mystics vs Sun Preview: Washington begins with Connecticut as part of their four game homestand

This is the Mystics’ third meeting with the Sun in June.

Washington Mystics v Phoenix Mercury Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Mystics host the Sun on Tuesday night. Here’s what to look for!

Game Info

When: Tuesday June 26 at 7 P.M. EST

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington | WNBA League Pass


Mystics: None

Sun: Alyssa Thomas (Questionable, Shoulder)

Two Keys to a Victory

Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver have to score

Both played very well in the last meeting, but the team as a whole crumbled in the third quarter. Washington had a 30-point lead and ended up having to rally to beat the Sun on the road. Elena Delle Donne had 36 points, 22 in the first half, and was one of the key contributors to sealing the win. Kristi Toliver finished with 25 points, 20 in the first half, and went cold in the second half.

Washington cannot keep losing high-point leads especially against teams that have the ability to come together and get the job done. Granted Delle Donne and Toliver combined for 61 points, but Connecticut outscored the Mystics 30-8 in the third quarter. Scoring only eight points is unacceptable.

Delle Donne and Toliver are the leaders of this team to keep them marching forward and the momentum needed to have everyone’s shots falling. Having Toliver get hot from beyond the arc could easily dismantle any team especially the Sun who are a team that gets hot from three-point.

Washington has a four-game homestand, which helps gain rest instead of having to travel. The Mystics should be well aware of the Sun since this is their third meeting with the fourth coming in late-July. Both teams currently are 8-5 respectively, with Washington sitting atop the East and fourth in overall standings. Connecticut sits second in the East and in fifth place overall.

The Sun are currently coming off snapping a 4-game losing streak after beating the Indiana Fever 87-78 on Sunday.