When: Saturday June 30 at 7:30 P.M. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: WNBA League Pass | Monumental Sports Network
Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Questionable, Concussion)
Mercury: Briann January (Questionable, Foot)
Much Better Squad than Before...
An interesting look into this game is to actually look back at the first meeting in late-May. Mystics won 103-95 behind Kristi Toliver’s 30-point game. The defense was stellar holding Diana Taurasi to just nine points on 30 percent shooting. The bigger shock was the fact Taurasi was 1-for-8 from three-point range, an area on the court she’s very familiar with. And might I add she fouled out early; getting three fouls early in the first half.
Major help offensively by Washington was heavily needed as three key players were injured, but are now active on the roster. Natasha Cloud, Elena Delle Donne and Tayler Hill did not play due to health issues; Hill due to rehab on her knee. Ariel Atkins (21pts), Tianna Hawkins (13pts) and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (16pts) helped immensely on the floor combining for 50 points.
With the Mystics 95 percent back healthy, a well-rounded victory is in the works. A slight loss of Atkins due to concussion protocol is the only bad news, but Shatori Walker-Kimbrough definitely proved herself Thursday vs New York Liberty as she was moved to a starter. Playing together and not individually will assist in Washington continuing their win streak and even taking third place in WNBA standings.