The Washington Mystics (17-7) will face the Seattle Storm (14-11) for the third time this season. In their first meeting, Washington lost 74-71. The Mystics followed up that loss with 20-point win against Seattle on the road.
When: Wednesday August 14 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, Monumental
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Knee, Questionable), Ariel Atkins (Neck, Questionable), Tianna Hawkins (Knee, Questionable)
Storm: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Knee, Questionable), Sue Bird (Knee, Out), Breanna Stewart (ACL, Out)
Emma Meeseman hits her stride — Since coming back from Women’s EuroBasket, Meesseman has struggled to find where she could shine on this Mystics team. But the last two games she scored 19 points against the Indiana Fever and she put up a team-high and personal season-high 25 points against the Lynx just last Sunday.
It has been over three years since Albert openly wrote about her being “passive” compared to other WNBA superstars, including Delle Donne who was playing for the Chicago Sky at that time. We’ve started to see that again from her, mostly because the Mystics have changed just as much as she has in the last couple years.
But it would be great to see her not hesitate to show out, regardless of whether she is a reserve or starter. Someone like Meesseman is going to play a lot. She is Washington’s third leading scorer (12.3 ppg) and is making 60.7 percent of her shots!
Washington is dealing with the injury bug — While this isn’t an ideal time to have multiple players questionable it’s better for them to get through them now rather than in the playoffs.
Toliver, Atkins, and Tianna Hawkins are all questionable for the matchup against Seattle. The Mystics could absolutely use them against the Storm but should they not play, the Mystics do have Meesseman and Powers who have showed that they can step up when the team needs them most.
Seattle has been without Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird all season but they’ve found ways to step up in their absence.
Seattle will make the Mystics work for their points — The Storm have aggressive and active defenders in Natasha Howard and Jordin Canada. Howard and Candada are leading the league in steals 2.4 and 2.2 per game. They are quick and when their team needs them most, they will deliver. The Mystics need to make sure they are aware of where these two are in the backcourt.