WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/20

Jun 20th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings, 8pm ET

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

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

Wings Injury Report: Teaira McCowan is ACTIVE.

Wings Confirmed Lineup: Crystal Dangerfield, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, Natasha Howard, Teaira McCowan.

Atlanta enters this matchup riding a three-game win streak. In those wins, they've averaged 92.7 points per game on 50.2% shooting. Both of those marks rank second-best in the WNBA over that span. The Dream got Danielle Robinson back last game, and while she didn't start, she managed to play 15 valuable minutes off of the bench.

Not all teams have been as successful as Atlanta recently, including Dallas. They have lost each of their last three games by an average of 11.0 points. Over the course of the season, opposing teams have made 36.7% of their threes against Dallas. Now, they face a Dream team that ranks among the league's best when it comes to three-point percentage (35.3%).

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: Lexie Brown (illness), Layshia Clarendon (foot), Nia Clouden (knee) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Karlie Samuelson, Dearica Hamby, Azurá Stevens, Nneka Ogwumike

This will be the third matchup in ten days between these teams. The Lynx won the first two thanks to Napheesa Collier, who averaged 24.5 points on 60.0% shooting in 37.2 minutes per game. Despite the wins, the Lynx shot just 22.5% from three in those two games. Minnesota is the second-worst three-point shooting team (29.6%) in the league.

Nneka Ogwumike is averaging a double-double in June, and despite dropping 27 points in their first meeting, the Lynx limited her to just 8 points in the second. Chiney Ogwumike has played just 13.5 minutes per game off the bench since returning from injury two games ago.

Connecticut Sun at Seattle Storm, 10pm ET

Sun Injury Report: TBD

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

Storm Injury Report: None reported

Storm Confirmed Lineup: Ivana Dojkić, Jewell Loyd, Kia Nurse, Mercedes Russell, Ezi Magbegor

Even with the offseason loss of Jonquel Jones, Connecticut has proven to be one of the league's best teams this year. However, there is still room for improvement in certain areas if they're going to compete with Las Vegas and New York in the playoffs. While the Sun are averaging more free throw attempts per game (22.8) than any other team, they also have the lowest free throw percentage (75.1%) in the league.

Seattle has played better since inserting Ivana Dojkić into the starting lineup three games ago. Since then, they've made a league-high 39.1% of their three-point shots and have looked more consistent offensively. On the year, Jewell Loyd is scoring a league-leading 25.4 points per game.