WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/22

Jun 22nd 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky, 8pm ET

Mystics Injury Report: Natasha Cloud (illness) is AVAILABLE. Kristi Toliver (foot), Li Meng (overseas) are OUT.

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

Sky Injury Report: Kristine Anigwe will play. Isabelle Harrison (knee), Rebekah Gardner (foot), Ruthy Hebard (maternity leave) are OUT.

Sky Confirmed Lineup: Marina Mabrey, Courtney Williams, Kahleah Copper, Alanna Smith, Elizabeth Williams

The Mystics have won two in a row and continue to improve. Still, their offense needs some work. Washington's 94.7 offensive rating ranks near the bottom of the WNBA, trailing only the Storm. They also have a league-worst 39.3% field goal percentage.

Chicago got Morgan Bertsch back last game and she played well off the bench. The Sky have struggled to hold on to the ball as they're averaging 14.8 turnovers per game. It won't get any easier for them tonight as teams are averaging 16.3 turnovers per game against Washington this season.

Connecticut Sun at Minnesota Lynx, 8pm ET

Sun Injury Report: Brionna Jones (leg) is OUT.

Sun Confirmed Lineup: Natisha Hiedeman, Tiffany Hayes, Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner, Rebecca Allen

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

Connecticut has played well to start the year, but they'll have to find a way to replace Brionna Jones' productivity. Olivia Nelson-Ododa is likely to start for Jones, but the Sun will look for Alyssa Thomas (10.5 rebounds per game) to keep dominating the glass in her absence.

After starting the season 1-7, the Lynx have new life. They've won three of their last four games, and their opponents have scored just 78.0 points per game in those games. Minnesota's offense has been led by Napheesa Collier, who's averaging a career-high 20.9 points per game.

Indiana Fever at Seattle Storm, 10pm ET

Fever Injury Report: Aliyah Boston (calf) is AVAILABLE. Victoria Vivians (neck), Grace Berger (ankle) are OUT.

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

Storm Injury Report: Arella Guirantes (illness) is OUT.

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

The Fever found their new franchise player in Aliyah Boston, who is averaging a double-double. Indiana has the third-highest field goal percentage (44.4%) of any team, but continue to shoot poorly from deep. Their 30.9% three-point percentage ranks third-worst in the league.

Seattle continues to struggle as they've yet to win back-to-back games. Even with Jewell Loyd (26.2 points per game) leading the league in scoring, the Storm can't find their bearings. Opposing teams are averaging a league-high 46.4% field goal percentage against them, and their -9.5 Net Rating trails only Phoenix.