The Mystics (3-6) are taking on the Las Vegas Aces (8-2) for the second time this season Saturday.
When: Saturday, August 15 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN; SN1; WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hamstring, Out)
Aces: Liz Cambage (Medical, Out); Kelsey Plum (Achilles, Out)
After being outscored each quarter by the Sparks Thursday night, the Mystics now have a six-game losing streak. Saturday’s game will mark the second time they matchup against the Aces this month.
Washington fell to Las Vegas, 83-77, on Aug. 5. In that game, Meesseman put up a game-high 24 points and tied a career-high in rebounds with 13. Myisha Hines-Allen had a dominant performance, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards. These two must put on similar performances for the Mystics for this game to be competitive. However, they won’t be able to do it alone. Washington will need more players to have big games to pull off a win.
The Mystics will have their hands full with this Aces team despite them not having Liz Cambage and Kelsey Plum. In their earlier matchup, Washington not only was outscored every quarter except for the second quarter where they tied, but they were also outscored by Mystics reserves 34-9.
In fact, five Las Vegas players scored double-digits. Starters A’ja Wilson had 20 points, Angel McCoughtry had 13, and Kayla McBride had 14 while reserves Danielle Robinson had 20 and Dearica Hamby put up 12 points and grabbed 13 boards. The Mystics need to be ready in the backcourt and keep the Aces from getting to the free throw line as much as they did a few weeks ago. Las Vegas had a total of 30 attempts at the free throw line while the Mystics only had 11.
If the Mystics don’t come ready to play from tip-off, it’s going to be another game in what is looking like a long season for the defending champions.