WNBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 6/9

5 days ago

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 (personal) — Out

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Washington Mystics News

Confirmed Lineup: Julie Vanloo, Ariel Atkins, Karlie Samuelson, Aaliyah Edwards, Stefanie Dolson

  • Shakira Austin (hip) — Out

  • Brittney Sykes (ankle) — Injured

New York Liberty News

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

  • Courtney Vandersloot (personal) — Out

  • Nyara Sabally (back) — Out

Vandersloot missed the first leg of a back-to-back set on Saturday and her status on Sunday remains unclear. Expect Kayla Thornton to remain in the starting lineup if she is sidelined again. Thornton has started in each of the last two outings, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 assists in 28.0 minutes per contest. The Liberty have won six consecutive games, including yesterday's, when they handed the Sun their first loss of the season.

Phoenix Mercury News

Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Diana Taurasi, Kahleah Copper, Rebecca Allen, Brittney Griner

Griner made her season debut in the previous outing, and while she was limited to just 21 minutes, she played well and contributed to the Mercury's win over the Lynx. She'll likely have a minutes restriction again versus the Wings, who are still dealing with injuries to multiple key players. Allen also played in the last contest, posting nine points and four rebounds in her return from a multi-game absence.

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

Seattle Storm News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd, Victoria Vivians, Nneka Ogwumike, Ezi Magbegor

Minnesota Lynx News

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

  • Diamond Miller (knee) — Injured

Las Vegas Aces News

Confirmed Lineup: Kelsey Plum, Kate Martin, Alysha Clark, A'ja Wilson, Kiah Stokes

  • Jackie Young (illness) — Out

  • Chelsea Gray (leg) — Injured

  • Kierstan Bell (leg) — Injured

Young was uncertain to play in the Aces' last game but ultimately started and played 28 minutes. However, she didn't appear to be herself, scoring just three points on one-of-12 from the field. Coach Hammon noted before the last game that Martin would start if Young were sidelined, so the expectation is that she will join the first unit for the first time in her young career. The Aces will face the Sparks, who snapped a three-game losing streak when they beat the Wings in their last outing.

Los Angeles Sparks News

Confirmed Lineup: Layshia Clarendon, Kia Nurse, Rickea Jackson, Dearica Hamby, Cameron Brink

  • Azura Stevens (arm) — Injured