The Mystics (1-0) are taking on the Sun (0-1) in the second game of the season. After beating the Indiana Fever on Saturday by 25 points, Washington will look to bring that same energy Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: NESN+; NBC Sports Washington; Monumental Sports Network; WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out)
Sun: Jonquel Jones (Personal, Out)
Continue to watch out for Myisha Hines-Allen
Hines-Allen came up bug for Washington in their opening day win against the Fever. The forward put up a double-double with 10 rebounds and a career-high 27 points. 22 of her points came from the first half alone. Hines-Allen, who only averaged just over two minutes a game last season, started the game and made 11 of her 17 field goals. That game alone should give Hines-Allen enough confidence to think she can come out on Tuesday and do it again.
DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas should be the Mystics’ focus in the backcourt
Bonner and Thomas led the sun in scoring and rebounding in their loss against the Lynx on Sunday. Thomas led the Sun with 20 points and 8 rebounds while Bonner followed with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Brionna Jones was the only other player in double figures with 10 points. While the pair will likely be the biggest “challenge” for the Mystics, the Sun is going to need a few other players to have big games pull off a win.
Leilani Mitchell is finding her way on the new team
It could take a few more games for Mitchell to truly feel comfortable. The point guard, who averaged 12.8 points per game last season with the Phoenix Mercury, had 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in the Mystics’ opener. Her stat line isn’t bad for a point guard’s first game with a new team and the Mystics don’t need her to go off for 20 every night to win games. Mitchell is just scratching the surface of the impact she can have this summer.