WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 5/27

May 27th 2023

John RaudebaughCooper Boni

Connecticut Sun at New York Liberty, 1pm ET

Sun Injury Report: TBD

Sun Confirmed Lineup: Natisha Hiedeman, Tiffany Hayes, DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones

Liberty Injury Report: Marine Johannès (overseas) is OUT.

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

After sweeping a two-game series against the Mystics, the Sun are 3-0 and all of the sudden, this game looks like a heavyweight bout. Alyssa Thomas has three-straight double-doubles, and the MVP talk around her could pick up even more steam if she can do it again in this matchup. The trio of Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, and Brionna Jones deserve the credit, however, the backcourt finally found a rhythm in Washington with Natisha Hiedeman and Tiffany Hayes scoring 13 points each. Hiedeman played 37 minutes and Hayes added 8 assists.

The Liberty lost to the Mystics opening night, but are coming off a blowout win against the Fever where Breanna Stewart scored a franchise-record 45 points. The story, however, will be Jonquel Jones facing her old team. After five days off, it's difficult to predict whether or not Jones will be off of any official or unofficial minutes restrictions. She played just shy of 19 minutes in the opener, then just 17.5 against the Fever. Jones missed most of the fourth quarter once again but this time the game was, by then, out of hand.

Los Angeles Sparks at Las Vegas Aces, 9pm ET

Sparks Injury Report: Nneka Ogwumike (illness) is PROBABLE. Jordin Canada (illness), Layshia Clarendon (illness), Chiney Ogwumike (illness), Azura Stevens (back), Jasmine Thomas (knee) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Nia Clouden, Lexie Brown, Karlie Samuelson, Dearica Hamby, Nneka Ogwumike

Aces Injury Report: TBD

Aces Confirmed Lineup: Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Candace Parker, A'ja Wilson

These two teams met on Thursday night, and they are already set to play again tonight in Las Vegas. The Sparks will be even more shorthanded tonight, however, as a non-COVID illness makes it way through the locker room. Nneka Ogwumike returns but will be tasked to replace Chiney Ogwumike (illness) in a tough matchup at center. Nia Clouden will start, but Zia Cooke will likely find herself getting big minutes in the backcourt as well. The Sparks signed Rae Burrell to a hardship contract this afternoon and will be available to play.

For the Aces, they've sported a relatively clean injury report to begin the season. Riquna Williams has yet to play, which has led to the team doling out more minutes to Alysha Clark and Kiah Stokes. Las Vegas has opted to go a bit bigger in these spots, rather than implementing their other backup guards into the game plan. On paper, this is a mismatch against a depleted Sparks roster and on the front end of a back-to-back, we could see starters pulled earlier than usual if the game is out of hand.