The Washington Mystics (5-12) are facing the Dallas Wings (6-11) Sunday afternoon.
When: Sunday, September 6 at 4 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington; Twitter; WNBA League Pass; Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hamstring, Out); Stella Johnson (Ankle, Out)
Wings: Isabelle Harrison (Ankle, Out); Moriah Jefferson (Knee, Out)
After losing five consecutive games, the Mystics were able to pull off a 10-point win against the Chicago Sky Friday night. Leilani Mitchell led the Mystics with 20 points and 12 assists. That win should boost the team’s confidence going into Sunday’s game, especially after the last time they faced the Wings they were able to comeback and force and overtime. In that Aug. 21 matchup, the Mystics were outscored in the first two quarters but then were able to switch gears going into the last quarters. Dallas outplayed Washington in overtime and pulled off a 101-92 win. The player of that game was Myisha Hines-Allen who put up an impressive 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. Ariel Atkins followed with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
If the Mystics want to secure a win they are going to have to contain sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale. In their August matchup she put up a team-high 24 points but we know the guard is capable of doing even more. She had an incredible season overall, averaging 21.7 points per game. It’s important to note, she’s only scored 14 and 17 points in her last two games, which have been losses for the Wings. If Ogunbowale scores under 20 points their chances of winning decrease.
The Mystics will have to come out strong offensively this time around. Having to play catch-up in the second half proved to be something they could do but not something they could keep up in overtime against the Dallas. The Wings had five players in double figures in their first matchup and one of those players was Isabelle Harrison who had 19 points. Unfortunately for Dallas, Harrison is out for the season after suffering an ankle injury in that first matchup.
If the Mystics come to play and have four to five players in double-digits while keeping Arike Ogunbowale under 20 points, they could win their second game in a row.