WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/13

Jun 13th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever, 7pm ET

Mystics Injury Report: Elena Delle Donne (neck) said she'll play.

Mystics Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Ariel Atkins, Brittney Sykes, Elena Delle Donne, Shakira Austin

Fever Injury Report: None reported

Fever Confirmed Lineup: Erica Wheeler, Kelsey Mitchell, Lexie Hull, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston

The Mystics won on Sunday with Elena Delle Donne out of the lineup. While Washington has been phenomenal defensively, their offense has looked bad. They have the second-lowest offensive rating (93.3) and true shooting percentage (50.5%) in the league.

Indiana's record isn't great, but they seem to be on the cusp of finding success. They currently have the fourth-highest field goal percentage (43.2%) in the WNBA. The Fever are also one of the league's best teams when it comes to controlling the paint on the offensive end. They just need to figure out how to win close games.

Atlanta Dream at New York Liberty, 8pm ET

Dream Injury Report: Aari McDonald (shoulder), Danielle Robinson (knee), Iliana Rupert (overseas) are OUT.

Dream Confirmed Lineup: Haley Jones, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Nia Coffey, Cheyenne Parker

Liberty Injury Report: Sabrina Ionescu (hamstring), Han Xu (overseas) are OUT.

Liberty Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Vandersloot, Marine Johannès, Betnijah Laney, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones

After a 2-2 start, Atlanta has lost three games in a row. They've struggled to hold onto the ball this season, averaging 16.6 turnovers per game. Haley Jones got her first start of the season last game and is a top candidate to start again tonight.

The Liberty struggled to find consistency early on, but have looked better over the last week. Breanna Stewart had 32 points in New York's previous game and is averaging 24.9 points per game on the season. If Sabrina Ionescu is ruled out, expect a heavy dose of Stewart and Jonquel Jones on the offensive end.

Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury, 10pm ET

Storm Injury Report: None reported

Storm Confirmed Lineup: Ivana Dojkić, Jewell Loyd, Kia Nurse, Jordan Horston, Ezi Magbegor

Mercury Injury Report: Moriah Jefferson (ankle), Shey Peddy (Achilles) are AVAILABLE. Skylar Diggins-Smith (maternity leave) is OUT.

Mercury Confirmed Lineup: Diana Taurasi, Sug Sutton, Sophie Cunningham, Michaela Onyenwere, Brittney Griner

As expected, Seattle has struggled to start the 2023 campaign. They're scoring the fewest points per game (73.6), and shooting a league-worst 38.5% from the field. In the Storm's last game, Ivana Dojkić started the second half ahead of Yvonne Turner. It's unclear how they will handle the point guard position moving forward.

Like Seattle, the Mercury have played poorly this year. Phoenix is arguably the worst defensive team in the league. They rank last in both offensive and defensive rebounding and are giving up a league-high 86.4 points per game. The Mercury have a chance to get back on track against the spiraling Storm.