When: Tuesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA
How to watch: JoeTV, Monumental
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Ankle, Out); Myisha Hines-Allen (Patellar tendon, Out), Kiara Leslie (Concussion, Out); Erica McCall (Knee, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
In case you missed it, Ariel Atkins and Tina Charles were named to the USA Basketball women’s national team for the 2020 Olympics. Atkins will make her Olympic debut in Japan and Charles will look to earn her third Olympic gold medal. The 32-year-old previously won gold medals in 2012 and 2016.
The Washington Mystics (6-6) are headed to Seattle to take on the Storm (12-2) for the first time this season. They are coming off a win against the Indiana Fever on Saturday, which was their second consecutive victory. Even though the Mystics are plagued with injuries right now, it hasn’t stopped them from fighting. Charles and Atkins, who are leading the team in scoring with 24.5 points and 19 points respectively, will both need to have solid performances if they want to compete with the Storm.
The Seattle Storm is currently ranked first in the league and have won their last five games. Breanna Stewart is averaging a double-double this season with 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. The Mystics will have to work to limit her impact but will also be tasked with doing the same with Jewell Loyd, who is averaging 18.9 points per game. On any given night, Seattle can have five or six players in double figures so the Mystics will have to be aggressive in the backcourt and not allow Seattle second-attempts.