When: Sunday, August 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: Facebook, NBC Sports Washington, BSSW+
Mystics: Elena Delle Donne (Questionable); Tina Charles (Left Gluteal Strain, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Wings: Satou Sabally (Achilles, Out); Allisha Gray (Concussion, Questionable)
The Washington Mystics (9-15) are facing the the Dallas Wings (11-14) for the third and final time this regular season. The Mystics are coming off a Thursday night 82-77 loss to the Wings. Elena Delle Donne, who recently made her return to the court after not playing since 2019, was on the floor for just 12 minutes before being pulled out for precautionary reasons. Myisha Hines-Allen (16 points), Theresa Plaisance (13 points), and Ariel Atkins (12 points) were the only Mystics’ players to score in double figures and not having Delle Donne for the entirety of the game and Tina Charles at all was certainly impacted the team’s performance. Washington shot a little better than Dallas but they were out rebounded 35-25 on Thursday night.
It is unclear if Delle Donne she will be available for tomorrow’s game but it is certain that Tina Charles will not play due to a left gluteal strain. Charles, who suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against Seattle, will miss the next 3-5 games the team announced Thursday.
Washington had a tough time guarding Arike Ogunbowale, who put up a team-high 26 points. Isabelle Harrison also had a great performance last game, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Mystics need to put more pressure on Arike and stay ready for her quick bursts of movement if they want to pull off their first win against Dallas this season. With or without Delle Donne, Washington is going to have to crash the boards to secure more touches with the ball.