The Washington Mystics (3-4) are taking on the Minnesota Lynx (4-3) Tuesday night. After beating the Indiana Fever on Saturday by 25 points, Washington will look to bring that same energy Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN2; Monumental Sports Network; WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Questionable)
Lynx: Maya Moore (Personal, Out); Sylvia Fowles (Questionable, Calf); Odyssey Sims (Questionable); Shenise Johnson (Questionable, Hamstring)
The Mystics have lost their last four games and beating the Lynx tomorrow isn’t going to be an easy task.
After starting their season off strong despite being without Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles, Natasha Cloud, and Latoya Sanders, Washington is going to need more consistency from its players if it was to get back to winning.
Tianna Hawkins had her best game of the season in the team’s Sunday night loss against the Indiana Fever with 17 points and 10 boards. It was her first double-double since May 30, 2018.
Emma Meesseman led with 19 points and there’s no doubt the Mystics will continue to rely heavily on her. Having four players in double figures was not enough to beat Indiana and it might not be either when they face a very talented Lynx team. Defense is going to be as important, if not more important, this game.
Unfortunately, Aerial Powers sat out last game due to a hamstring injury she sustained against the Liberty on Friday. It’s unclear when she will be back but the Mystics are going to need her aggressiveness and spark. With or without Powers, Mystics need to look to draw fouls. Last game, the Mystics attempted a season-high 33 free throws, their most since July 7, 2018. If they can get the Lynx’s bigs in foul trouble, they will increase their chances of winning.
Washington will have their hands full between Sylvia Fowles, Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield, and Lexie Brown. In Minnesota’s last game against the Sparks Dangerfield led with 29 points. Two other players the Mystics must watch for are Damiris Dantas and Bridget Carleton who added 15 points each that game and have showed several times this season that they are capable of going off.