Mystics 13-15 vs Aces 25-3
When: Friday, August 11th, at 10:00p.m.
Where: Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas NV.
TV: ION, WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Out, Left Ankle Sprain), Elena Delle Donne (Out, Left Ankle Sprain), Shakira Austin ( Out, Left Hip Strain), Kristi Toliver (Out, Plantar Fasciitis )
Aces: Candace Parker (Out Indefinitely, Ankle), Riquna Williams (Out, Indefinite Suspension)
Keep an eye on:
Pride: out of the Mystics. Washington is currently on a two game losing streak and are 3-7 in their last ten games, dropping from the 4th to the 7th seed, a game ahead of the 8th seed Chicago Sky. Yes, injuries to key players, three starters at that, have made it a tough road as of late, but the rest of the league haven't and won't feel sorry for them. After tonight's contest against the Aces, the Mystics will have eleven games remaining to secure a spot in the postseason, time to leave it all on the line and finish the season strong. A win against the Aces tonight could be just what the doctor ordered to change the morale of the team and give Washington momentum as the postseason fast approaches.
A'ja Wilson: do I really need to elaborate more? Wilson is the favorite for league MVP currently and she's fifth in the WNBA in points per game (20.5), second in rebounds per game (9.6), first in blocks per game (2.2) and first in player efficiency (31.3).....oh and the Aces are 25-3.... the best overall record in the WNBA . Need I keep going?
Mystics Backcourt: has to do it all to have any chance at defeating the Aces. We know the defense from Natasha Cloud and Brittney Sykes is a given, so is their competitive spirit, however against the Aces, they will both need to play strong complete games. They will have to score efficiently, make the rest of the team better, REBOUND to offset the Aces depth and size inside and sustain a high level of play throughout the game.