WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/16

Jun 16th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Phoenix Mercury at Washington Mystics, 8pm ET

Mercury Injury Report: Brittney Griner (hip), Diana Taurasi (hamstring), Skylar Diggins-Smith (maternity leave) is OUT.

Mercury Confirmed Lineup: Sug Sutton, Moriah Jefferson, Sophie Cunningham, Michaela Onyenwere, Brianna Turner

Mystics Injury Report: Natasha Cloud (ankle) is OUT.

Mystics Confirmed Lineup: Brittney Sykes, Ariel Atkins, Li Meng, Elena Delle Donne, Shakira Austin

The Mercury can't seem to get things right as they've lost four of their last five games. Diana Taurasi went scoreless last game against the Storm, who leave much to be desired defensively. Phoenix continues to be one of the league's worst rebounding teams as they're pulling down just 30.4 rebounds per game.

After getting blown out in Indiana last game, the Mystics will look to get back on track at home tonight. Washington has struggled to score as they're averaging a league-worst 74.3 points per game. Luckily for them, teams have scored at will against the Mercury to start the year. Expect a heavy dose of Elena Delle Donne and Shakira Austin, particularly if Brittney Griner gets ruled out.

Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks, 10pm ET

Lynx Injury Report: Diamond Miller (ankle), Jessica Shepard (illness), Aerial Powers (ankle), Natalie Achonwa (maternity leave) are OUT.

Lynx Confirmed Lineup: Tiffany Mitchell, Kayla McBride, Bridget Carleton, Napheesa Collier, Dorka Juhász

Sparks Injury Report: Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Jasmine Thomas (knee) are PROBABLE/AVAILABLE. Lexie Brown (illness), Layshia Clarendon (foot), Nia Clouden (knee), Katie Lou Samuelson (pregnancy) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Zia Cooke, Dearica Hamby, Azurá Stevens, Nneka Ogwumike

Minnesota has really struggled to defend in the paint. They're blocking just 2.4 shots per game, the fewest of any team this season. Jessica Shepard and rookie Dorka Juhász have held their own, but the team lacks a true rim protector.

The Sparks will look to take advantage of Minnesota's paint defense, which shouldn't be a problem considering that's where Los Angeles is doing most of their damage. They are scoring 47.3% of their points in the paint, more than any other team in the WNBA. Nneka Ogwumike and the rest of the Sparks' frontcourt matchup well against the Lynx.