The Mystics and Connecticut Sun meet for the third and final time in the regular season. Not only will Washington host the early-afternoon game, but it’s their annual Pride celebration as well. Here’s the preview!
When: Saturday June 29 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: ESPN
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Emma Meesseman (Overseas Commitments), Kim Mestdagh (Overseas Commitments)
Washington needs this win over the Sun for themselves
Every game matters. Yes, Connecticut has already won the series and the tie-break over Washington if or when that that situation occurs for playoff contention, but beating the Sun can give a well-needed mental edge for later in the season.
Losing twice to the Sun, both on the road, can make one wonder if Connecticut is the Mystic’s kryptonite or not. Very well aware that the Sun have dominant assets on the floor, but Washington must continue to utilize everyone to remain secure. Stopping leader Jonquel Jones can be a task, but keeping other players controlled can force the game to be won by one player.
A prime example when the Mystics played the Las Vegas Aces was allowing Liz Cambage and A’ja Wilson to play their game but limit the remaining starters. Washington should use that strategy against the Sun and see how it panes out.
Mystics host their annualPride Celebration
For the Mystics, it’s the annual Pride Celebration for the month of June as part of a league-wide initiative.
The honorary captains for the game will be WRC-TV anchor/reporter Meagan Fitzgerald who live on-air announced her engagement to now fiancee Kelly Heath. A Pride auction will take place featuring team and player-signed items from the Mystics as well as the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation will accept all proceeds from the auction.