The Washington Mystics (22-8) will face the Dallas Wings (9-20) for the second time this season tomorrow night. In their June matchup, the Mystics topped the Wings 86-62.
When: Saturday August 31 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: College Park Center in Arlington, Texas
How to watch: NBA TV, Monumental, NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Knee, Out)
Storm: Kayla Thornton (Ankle, Questionable), Imani McGee-Stafford (Foot, Questionable), Tayler Hill (Knee, Out), Azura Stevens (Foot, Out), Skylar Diggins-Smith (Personal, Out)
Arike Ogunbowale is having a strong but inefficient rookie season
Ogunbowale, the Rookie of the Year candidate is getting buckets this season, averaging a team-high 17.7 points. In her team’s last game, she led the way with 35 points in their 88-83 win against Chicago. Coming off of that game, the Mystics should expect the point guard to bring that same intensity and they should know where she is at all times.
We didn’t get to see what she could do against the Mystics in June because she exited the game after suffering an ankle sprain in her six minutes of play.
Still, she is shooting under 40 percent from the field. Washington shouldn’t give her easy looks which could bait Ogunbowale into shooting more inefficiently.
Can Natasha Cloud keep the same energy she had against the Sparks?
Cloud came out with a different determination on Tuesday night against Los Angeles. She looked hungry yet fully confident and it showed in her performance. In her 25 minutes, she scored 15 points but what’s more impressive is how she went 6-of-7 from the field. She knocked down 3 out of her 4 three-point attempts. In addition to her 15 points, she dished out 6 assists and had 3 steals.
That’s the Cloud we want to see more of. Hopefully she brings that energy to College Park Center and every arena the rest of the season.
The Mystics need to continue finishing the regular season strong
Washington’s regular season is coming to a close with four games left. They are playoff bound but that doesn’t mean they should decrease production or rest. If they slow down now, their energy could shift and trickle into playoffs so they need to start and finish every game with their winning-mentality and aggressiveness we’ve seen lately.