The Mystics (20-7) will face the Sky (15-11) for the third time this season. On June 6, Washington beat Chicago 103-83. A few weeks later, they pulled away with another win.
When: Friday August 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Wintrust Arena in Chicago
How to watch: League Pass, The U Too, Monumental
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Out, Knee)
Sky: Jamierra Faulkner (Foot, Out)
The Mystics look to win seven straight games
Washington has won their last six games and they don’t look like they’re anywhere near slowing down. Elena Delle Donne, who won her sixth WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award earlier this week, is putting up incredible performances and she hasn’t had to takeover games on her own because her teammates have stepped up, especially while Toliver has sat out. Aerial Powers has taken full advantage of being named a starter. Ariel Atkins and Emma Meesseman having good games has taken pressure off of Delle Donne and have helped the team in securing wins.
Diamond DeShields and Allie Quigley need to be guarded
DeShields and Quigley are leading the Sky in points scored this season and have shown that they if they get hot, they can go off for 20-plus points on any given night. In their first matchup of the season, Quigley was scoreless in the 25 minutes while DeShields put up 24 points. In the second matchup on June 26, they flip-flopped as Quigley scored 21 and DeShields only scored 8 points.
The Mystics need to be aware of where these two are and put pressure on them every time they have the ball in their hands.
Courtney Vandersloot is a double-double threat
Another player that should not be overlooked is Courtney Vandersloot. If anyone is going to put up a double-double it is likely to be her. In the past seven games she’s scored in double-figures and has dished out 69 assists. She’s averaging a career-high 8.8 assists per game paired with 11.2 points per game.