The Washington Mystics (1-1) continue their homestand on Wednesday as they face off against the Chicago Sky.
When: Wednesday June 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Aerial Powers (Gluteal injury, Out)
Sky: Jamierra Faulkner (Knee, Game time decision)
Ariel Atkins is on track for a breakout sophomore season
In the Mystics’ win against Atlanta on Saturday, Atkins led the team with an impressive 21 points. The guard had a great rookie season last year. But it’s evident that she’s a bit more comfortable and confident this season. I think it’s safe to say that Atkins will have another great performance tomorrow night.
Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields must be guarded closely
Quigley and DeShields led their team in their June 1 win against the Seattle Storm with 25 and 21 points respectively. The Mystics need to know where they are in the backcourt because if given the opportunity, both players will go off.
Quigley went 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Washington needs to make sure they don’t leave her wide open because she will shoot and make them pay.
In DeShields’ 35 minutes of play, she went 9-of-14 from the floor. Two of those made baskets were from behind the arc. The Mystics need to be ready to help out on defense because she will find her way to the basket.
Both teams are coming off wins
Washington and Chicago are 1-1 in the regular season. Home court advantage should propel the Mystics forward, especially while they have Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh in town before head out to play for the Belgium national team. Both Meeeseman and Mestdagh are expected to leave the team on Thursday to make it in time for a tournament in Spain on June 8 and 9 in preparation for Women’s EuroBasket.