When: Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington, fever.wnba.com, NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Myisha Hines-Allen (Left Patellar Tendon Strain, Out); Kiara Leslie (Concussion protocol, Out); Erica McCall (Right Knee sprain, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Fever: Bernadett Hatar (Ankle, Questionable)
A shorthanded Washington Mystics (5-6) are facing the Indiana Fever (1-13) for the third time this season after splitting their first two games. According to an injury report from the team, Myisha Hines-Allen, Elena Delle Donne, Erica McCall, and Kiara Leslie are listed as “out.” In their first matchup on May 23, the Mystics lost 89-77. Tina Charles’ 31 points and 9 rebounds were not enough to help the team through a tough shooting night. The Mystics finished 38.6 percent from the field compared to the Fever’s 51.6 and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Washington played Indiana again just two days later and bounced back with an 85-69 win. The Mystics improved on offense, shooting 50 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from downtown. Charles led her team again with 30 points. Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen followed 18 and 15 points respectively.
The Mystics are coming off a 96-93 win against Atlanta despite being without Tina Charles and losing to the Dream 101-78 just 4 days prior. Ariel Atkins stepped up big time with 32 points. She went 66.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line. Theresa Plaisance had a season-high 25 points, making 10 of 16 shots from the field. Plaisance knocked down 5 three-pointers. Natasha Cloud had one of the best performances of the season and was one 1 rebound shy of a triple-double. Cloud finished the game with 10 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds. Hines-Allen scored 9 points before heading to the locker room with a left knee injury. She did not return to the game and her status is unknown going into Saturday night’s matchup. The forward is averaging 14 points and 7-1 rebounds per game and potentially not having her is a huge loss.
The Indiana Fever have only won a single game this season, which was against the Mystics, but have shown a lot of fight so the Mystics should not get comfortable. Kelsey Mitchell is leading her team with an average of 15.6 points per game. The only two other players averaging in double-figures are Teaira McCowan and Tiffany Mitchell with 11.9 and 10.1 points respectively. Additionally, Jessica Breland, who posted a double-double against the Storm on Thursday, and Jantel Lavendar have shown throughout the season that they are capable of having a scoring in double-figures.
The Mystics need to come ready because the Fever already know they are capable of beating them, especially now that several players are sidelined with injuries.