WNBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 6/2

Jun 2nd 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

  • Courtney Vandersloot (back) — Available

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Connecticut Sun News

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

Atlanta Dream News

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

  • Jordin Canada (hand) — Injured

Los Angeles Sparks News

Confirmed Lineup: Lexie Brown, Kia Nurse, Rickea Jackson, Dearica Hamby, Cameron Brink

  • Layshia Clarendon (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Azura Stevens (arm) — Injured

With Clarendon remaining out, Jackson will likely draw another spot start. In her first two career starts, she's averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and has attempted 13 total free throws. The Sparks will be hosted by the Mercury, who will be without Rebecca Allen (concussion protocol) for the fourth consecutive game. Phoenix has lost all three of its previous contests sans Allen. The Sparks' size in the frontcourt should give them an advantage in this outing, and Los Angeles could use a big rebounding game, as their 33.4 rebounds per contest are the fourth-fewest league-wide.

Phoenix Mercury News

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

  • Rebecca Allen (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Brittney Griner (toe) — Injured

Indiana Fever News

Confirmed Lineup: Caitlin Clark, Kelsey Mitchell, Kristy Wallace, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston

  • Temi Fagbenle (foot) — Injured

  • Damiris Dantas (knee) — Injured

The Fever will play the second game of a back-to-back set after another outing in which Clark was in the middle of controversy. Chicago's Chennedy Carter hip-checked Clark away from the ball during Saturday's contest, leading to more discussions surrounding Clark's treatment. "That’s just not a basketball play," Clark said after the contest. However, she followed it up by acknowledging the physicality of the league. "I’ve gotta play through it, that’s what basketball is about at this level."

New York Liberty News

Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Vandersloot, Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney-Hamilton, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones

  • Courtney Vandersloot (back) — Available

  • Nyara Sabally (back) — Out

Vandersloot missed the previous outing, and with her status uncertain, Ionescu could potentially start at point guard as she did last game. She had just three assists in the contest but scored effectively, posting a season-high 24 points. Kayla Thornton would likely remain in the starting lineup in Vandersloot's potential absence after her 20-point outing on Friday. The Liberty will host the Fever who are set to play their second game in as many days.

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

The Wings' 102.9 Offensive Rating is the league's fourth-best, and their 44.8% field goal percentage is the second-highest of any team. They'll match up against the Lynx, who also rank in the top five in both categories. Ogunbowale is the WNBA's leading scorer to begin the 2024 campaign, averaging 27.5 points per contest through six outings.

Minnesota Lynx News

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

  • Cecilia Zandalasini (eye) — Not on injury report

  • Diamond Miller (knee) — Injured