The Washington Mystics (5-13) are facing the Minnesota Lynx (13-6) Tuesday night as they head
When: Tuesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN2
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)
Lynx: Maya Moore (Personal, Out), Sylvia Fowles (Calf, Out)
The Mystics only scored 48 points in their first matchup against Minnesota on Aug. 11, which to no surprise resulted in a big loss. Washington struggled shooting, going 29.5 percent from the field. They only made 18-61 of their field goal attempts. They did even worse from downtown, finishing with 21.1 percent. It was Washington’s worst game offensively this season and if their Tuesday matchup looks anything like their August one, they are doomed.
The Lynx will be without Sylvia Fowles this time around. The center is out indefinitely with a calf strain. In her team’s August matchup she put up 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Fowles and Napheesa Collier combined for 42 total rebounds that game. Prior to her injury, she was averaging 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Odyssey Sims is back with her team after giving birth to her first child in April. Sims has worked her way back into the rotation and has seen minutes in 10 games this season. In her last two games she scored 14 and 16 points respectively. The guard is averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 assists per game since returning.
This time around the Mystics need to do better on both ends of the court. They were out-rebounded 31-42 in their last matchup against Minnesota They were outscored in every quarter except for the third quarter where they put up 17 points to the Lynx’s 4 points. Additionally, they finished the game off poorly only scoring just 4 points in the fourth quarter.
Even without Fowles, the Lynx are a dominant team. The Mystics are going to have to give it their from start to finish and have a far better shooting night if they want to compete with Minnesota.