WNBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 7/10

6 days ago

Ryan Schwepfinger

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

  • Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (knee) — Out

  • Rebecca Allen (back) — In

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New York Liberty News

Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Vandersloot, Sabrina Ionescu, Leonie Fiebich, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones

  • Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (knee) — Out

  • Nyara Sabally (back) — Questionable

Connecticut Sun News

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

  • Moriah Jefferson (ankle) — Injured

The Sun have righted the ship after a mini-swoon in mid-June, winning three straight games after a 1-3 stint. The three-game winning streak is the WNBA's longest at the moment. This contest pits the league's two top teams against one another, as both New York and Connecticut enter with a 17-4 record. It's also the first of five day games on Wednesday, as each game on this slate tips between 11:00 a.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET.

Washington Mystics News

Confirmed Lineup: Julie Vanloo, Ariel Atkins, DiDi Richards, Myisha Hines-Allen, Stefanie Dolson

  • Emily Engstler (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Shakira Austin (hip) — Injured

  • Brittney Sykes (foot) — Injured

  • Karlie Samuelson (hand) — Injured

Indiana Fever News

Confirmed Lineup: Caitlin Clark, Kelsey Mitchell, Lexie Hull, Katie Lou Samuelson, Aliyah Boston

  • Temi Fagbenle (thumb) — Out

Fagbenle remains out due to a right thumb problem; she'll miss her second straight game with this injury after missing a month with a foot ailment earlier in the season. Indiana managed to edge New York on Saturday without Fagbenle, perhaps the team's most impressive win of the season. Damiris Dantas should earn a few extra minutes as coach Sides' backup big.

Atlanta Dream News

Confirmed Lineup: Haley Jones, Maya Caldwell, Allisha Gray, Nia Coffey, Tina Charles

  • Cheyenne Parker-Tyus (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Aerial Powers (calf) — Out

  • Laeticia Amihere (international commitment) — Not with team

  • Rhyne Howard (ankle) — Injured

  • Jordin Canada (finger) — Injured

Chicago Sky News

Confirmed Lineup: Lindsay Allen, Marina Mabrey, Chennedy Carter, Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso

  • Elizabeth Williams (knee) — Out for season

Las Vegas Aces News

Confirmed Lineup: Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, A'ja Wilson, Kiah Stokes

  • Kiah Stokes (illness) — Available to play

  • Megan Gustafson (illness) — Out

The Aces' starting five will be fully intact with the return of Stokes after a one-game absence, as she's not listed on the injury report after missing Sunday's win with an illness. However, Las Vegas may have a higher ceiling without her, as the team registered a 120.9 Offensive Rating in a win over the Wings. It was their second-best offensive output of the season, and their best occurred when Stokes played a season-low 12 minutes against Phoenix on June 13. Alysha Clark could battle Stokes for a spot in the starting lineup.

Seattle Storm News

Confirmed Lineup: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd, Jordan Horston, Nneka Ogwumike, Ezi Magbegor

Dallas Wings News

Confirmed Lineup: Odyssey Sims, Jacy Sheldon, Arike Ogunbowale, Natasha Howard, Teaira McCowan

  • Lou Lopez Sénéchal (illness) — Available to play

  • Satou Sabally (shoulder) — Injured

  • Maddy Siegrist (finger) — Injured

  • Jaelyn Brown (illness) — Out

Phoenix Mercury News

Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Kahleah Copper, Rebecca Allen, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, Brittney Griner

  • Rebecca Allen (back) — In

  • Diana Taurasi (leg) — Out

  • Charisma Osborne (leg) — Out

Taurasi remains out for this game as she recovers from a lower left leg injury that sidelined her the previous contest. Allen is probable after also missing Sunday's win. Taurasi has missed two games this season, and the Mercury have posted a team-worst -14.2 with her off the court. Copper continues to lead all WNBA players with a 31.9% usage rate, and she has averaged 31.7 points per game in three games against the Wings this season.