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Mystics vs. Fever preview: Washington heads to Indiana looking for first road win of season

After thrashing New York on Friday, Mystics travel to Midwest for double-header against Fever

New York Liberty v Washington Mystics
Tina Charles, center, scored 34 points Friday against the Liberty, two short of her career high.
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

How to watch: ESPN3, NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out)

Fever: Lauren Cox (Knee, Out); Aaliyah Wilson (Foot, Out)

Pregame notes

The Washington Mystics (1-2) travel to face the Indiana Fever (0–4) for their first road stand of the season. Washington plays in the Hoosier State on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

The team from the nation’s capital then heads back east for a single home game versus the Connecticut Sun. After two consecutive losses to start the season, the Mystics finally saw their shots fall against the New York Liberty on Friday night in a 101-72 win, which helped Washington douse a red-hot Liberty squad that started the season 3–0.

After shooting a collective 27.9-percent from the floor and 15.6 from three through their first two games of the season, the Mystics finally hit their stride against New York. Washington shot a respectable 35-for-74 (47.3-percent) from the floor and an even more impressive 16-for-31 from behind the arc (51.6). Tina Charles, who, through three games, is leading the WNBA in scoring with 23.3 points per game, went off for 34 against her former team. The 2012 MVP was just two points shy of her career-best. And while a lack of consistent scoring depth behind Charles plagued the Mystics through their first two games, Ariel Atkins contributed 25 to Friday night’s cause.

Washington also held the preternatural Sabrina Ionescu to a season-low 10 points. The execution of such effective defensive gameplay goes to starting point guard Natasha Cloud, who was tasked with limiting Ionescu for the majority of the evening. Cloud added six points, five rounds and eight assists. Erica McCall was inserted into the lineup, and the former Cardinal did a little bit of everything: seven points, 13 boards, two assists.

A much-needed bounce-back outing should galvanize the Mystics against a struggling Fever side that has yet to win in 2021.