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
Mystics: Sydney Wiese (Ankle Sprain, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Aces: Angel McCoughtry (Knee, Out)
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.
Mystics injury updates:— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) June 3, 2021
Sydney Wiese (3rd degree ankle sprain) probably won't play this week. Thibault hoping for sometime next week, maybe.
Tina Charles (calf) not 100% according to Thibault, but was back at practice and is expected to play vs. Aces on Saturday. #wnba
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.