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Mystics vs. Aces preview: Washington looks to bounce back with win against Las Vegas

The last time the Mystics suited up for a game was May 28.

New York Liberty v Washington Mystics Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.

How to watch: ABC (WJLA-TV in the D.C. area), SN360

Injury Report

Mystics: Sydney Wiese (Ankle Sprain, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)

Aces: Angel McCoughtry (Knee, Out)

Pregame notes

By the time the Washington Mystics (2-4) suit up for their game against the Las Vegas Aces (6-3) on Saturday, it will have been eight days since the Mystics last played a game!

The Mystics are coming off a five point loss to the Connecticut Sun, which was on May 28. In that matchup, Tina Charles scored a team-high 29 points, Ariel Atkins added 20 points, and Myisha Hines-Allen had a double-double. Sydney Wiese made her first four 3-pointers before exiting midway through the third quarter after rolling her right ankle. It was the same ankle she rolled last season with the Sparks, according to Coach Thibault. On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post’s Kareem Copeland reported that Wiese likely will not play this week and Coach Thibault is hoping she will return next week.

The Aces are also coming off a loss to the Sun but were able to bounce back with a 94-82 victory Thursday night against the Liberty. In their 74-67 loss to the Sun, Liz Cabbage and A’ja Wilson led Las Vegas, who only played with 8 players, with 28 and 14 points respectively. Chelsea Gray was the only other player to score in double-figures. Kelsey Plum, who missed six games due the 3x3 Olympic qualifiers, returned to the lineup in Thursday night’s win for the Aces. A’ja Wilson had an incredible performance, scoring 30 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Jackie Young added 16 points. Unlike their game against Connecticut, Las Vegas showed some improvement with 5 players scoring in double-figures.

Las Vegas is averaging 88.4 points per game to the Mystics’ 78.3 points per game. The Mystics will have to work on slowing the Aces down and are averaging nearly 1 rebound more than them per game so they will have to be aggressive when the ball goes up to make sure they come out on top. Wilson and Cambage are leading their team in points and rebounds so they will be the top priorities for the Mystics.