The Mystics (9-5) will face the Aces (10-5) for the third time this season. In their first meeting on June 20, the Mystics beat the Aces 95-72 in Las Vegas. Their second meeting, which was also an away game for the Mystics, resulted in the game being postponed due to a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. At the half, the score was 51-36.
When: Saturday July 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, Monumental
Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Face, Questionable), Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out)
The Mystics need at least one of their star forwards back — Washington’s confidence has been shot without Delle Donne despite them having incredible depth this season. We’ve seen players step up in the last two games but it hasn’t been enough to secure wins. Aerial Powers put up a season and team-high 24 points against the Sparks and Tianna Hawkins did the same against the Mercury. It’s not enough for one or two players to have a good offensive day.
Hopefully Emma Meesseman will be ready to play, especially if Delle Donne isn’t back in rotation, because the Mystics need more help.
The Aces are on a four-game win streak — There’s no doubt that the Aces are going to arrive looking for revenge. They haven’t beat the Mystics this season and they were getting losing before their last game got postponed.
If there’s a time for the Aces to beat the Mystics it’s now. Delle Donne is injured so she will likely not play. Even if she does, she could play limited minutes. Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh are back from Europe and will have to readjust to their team.
Watch out for A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage — Wilson and Cambage are leading their team in points and rebounds this season. Just a few weeks ago, Wilson went off for a season-high 39 points against Indiana. Cambage has scored in double figures every game this season. The Mystics need to work on both ends of the floor to make sure that they are containing these two. They struggled to contain Phoenix’s big two of Griner and Bonner which resulted in them scoring 25 and 22 points respectively and them combining for 15 rebounds.