WNBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 5/31

May 31st 2024

Cooper Boni

Each day, this column will provide live updates for all WNBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute alerts for injuries and lineup confirmations. The Key News to Watch section will highlight notable injuries to monitor for the current WNBA slate.

Key WNBA News to Watch

  • Allisha Gray (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Courtney Vandersloot (back) — Out

  • Shakira Austin (hip) — In

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Las Vegas Aces News

Confirmed Lineup: Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Alysha Clark, A'ja Wilson, Kiah Stokes

  • Tiffany Hayes (signed) — Out

  • Chelsea Gray (leg) — Injured

  • Kierstan Bell (leg) — Injured

Atlanta Dream News

Confirmed Lineup: Haley Jones, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Cheyenne Parker-Tyus, Tina Charles

  • Allisha Gray (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Jordin Canada (hand) — Injured

Gray is averaging 16.2 points per game to start the season, shooting 50.9% from the field and 48.1% from beyond the arc. If she can't play, usage may filter to Howard, who is scoring a career-high 19.0 points per contest. The Dream will host the Aces, who announced the signing of previously retired guard Tiffany Hayes on Friday morning. It remains unclear if Hayes will make her season debut against her former team.

Dallas Wings News

Confirmed Lineup: Sevgi Uzun, Arike Ogunbowale, Maddy Siegrist, Monique Billings, Teaira McCowan

  • Jaelyn Brown (illness) — Out

  • Satou Sabally (shoulder) — Injured

  • Natasha Howard (foot) — Injured

Connecticut Sun News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyasha Harris, DiJonai Carrington, DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones

Connecticut has been healthy this season and it's helped contribute to an undefeated record and a league-best +12.8 Net Rating. They'll host Dallas, who have been on the opposite end of the spectrum regarding player health, as Natasha Howard remains sidelined and Satou Sabally hasn't appeared in a game. The Sun (52.1%) and the Wings (51.6%) rank first and second league-wide in rebound percentage, so expect a battle down low between the two frontcourts.

Washington Mystics News

Confirmed Lineup: Julie Vanloo, Ariel Atkins, Karlie Samuelson, Shakira Austin, Stefanie Dolson

  • Shakira Austin (hip) — In

  • Brittney Sykes (ankle) — Out

New York Liberty News

Confirmed Lineup: Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney-Hamilton, Kayla Thornton, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones

  • Courtney Vandersloot (back) — Out

Phoenix Mercury News

Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Diana Taurasi, Kahleah Copper, Sophie Cunningham, Natasha Mack

  • Rebecca Allen (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Brittney Griner (toe) — Injured

Cunningham has started the last two games for Allen, and while her offensive contributions haven't stood out, she's rebounded well and has provided great energy. She'll likely draw another spot start against the Lynx, and Phoenix may need her to be more efficient offensively, as Minnesota's 92.5 Defensive Rating is the league's second-best.

Minnesota Lynx News

Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Williams, Kayla McBride, Bridget Carleton, Napheesa Collier, Alanna Smith

  • Diamond Miller (knee) — Injured