Going 2-0 on the West Coast, the Mystics hope to do the same in the East Coast with Atlanta as their first stop. This is the second meeting with Washington taking the first win back at home on June 1.
When: Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
How to watch: ESPN
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Emma Meesseman (Overseas Commitment), Kim Mestdagh (Overseas Commitment)
Dream: Angel McCoughtry (Knee, Out), Alex Bentley (Overseas Commitment)
Washington keeps proving time and time again why they made the Finals and could’ve won, so Sunday’s game versus the Dream will be a cake walk. Mystics did not have Emma Meesseman and Aerial Powers coming off the bench like the last meeting to keep the offensive power intact, but Washington’s bench has proven to play their role and even like Shatori Walker-Kimbrough earn more minutes on the floor.
The Mystics have been playing as a unit getting everyone involved, which keeps opponents on their toes not knowing which player can make a big impact.
LaToya Sanders must remain a defensive stalwart
A big key in games is has been the defensive efforts of the Mystics squad, but Sanders has been showing more of her defensive side especially in their last meeting and as well as in their west coast visit. Sanders facing the Dream in early-June recorded three blocked shots. In her last games she has notched a total of eight steals (six vs the Sparks a career-high) and two blocked shots.
Sanders hasn’t gotten going early on offensive but she makes up for it defending the paint and keeping her eye on the ball.
Mystics seemed to have taken their slim flaws and make them positives in other aspects of their game. If shooting slumps happen, then assists, rebounding and defense becomes a heightened strength for them. And lately Sanders has become a stealthy ballhawk for Washington.