When: Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
How to watch: Facebook
Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Sun: Briann January (Out, Ankle)
The Washington Mystics (2-3) are facing the Connecticut Sun (5-1) for the first time this season. They are coming off a win in Indiana, which was led by Tina Charles. Charles put up a team-high 30 points and Ariel Atkins followed with 18 points. In Myisha Hines-Allen’s second game back with the team, she had a double-double in 30 minutes on the floor with 15 points, 10 boards, and 3 assists. In her first game back with the Mystics, she played half as many minutes and was scoreless so it’s safe to say Hines-Allen is back. The forward had a breakout season last year in the Florida bubble, where she averaged a career-high 17 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
The Sun are currently ranked No. 2 in the league and are coming off a three-point overtime loss to the Seattle Storm. That loss also came when General Manager and Head Coach Curt Miller served a one-game suspension after saying some disparaging comments about Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage during a recent game. Connecticut is averaging 82.5 points per game compared to the Mystics 77.8. They are also out-rebounding opponents 40.5 to 35.6.
Even without Briann January, the Mystics are still going to have to work on both ends of the court to compete with the Sun. Jonquel Jones, who put up 28 points and grabbed 13 boards against the Storm this week, is leading her team in points (20) and rebounds (11.2) per game. In addition to Jonquel Jones and January, who is out, DeWanna Bonner, Brionna Jones, Natisha Hiedeman are all averaging in double-figures this season.
The Mystics are going to have to slow Connecticut down if they want to win their second consecutive game.