WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/23

Jun 23rd 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

New York Liberty at Atlanta Dream, 7:30pm ET

Liberty Injury Report: Han Xu (overseas) is OUT.

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

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

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

These teams will meet for the third time this season after splitting the first two games. Sabrina Ionescu missed the Liberty's last two games, but she's on track to play tonight. Ionescu is averaging a career-low 1.9 turnovers per game, which likely correlates with the offseason addition of Courtney Vandersloot.

Atlanta has quickly become one of the league's more exciting teams as they've won three of their last four games. They're getting it done in multiple ways, but their 22.1 free throw attempts per game stand out. The Dream are getting to the line more than any team other than Connecticut this season.

Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Sparks, 10pm ET

Wings Injury Report: TBD

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

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

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

Teaira McCowan returned last game and was immediately re-inserted into the starting lineup. Dallas has averaged a league-high 38.4 rebounds per game this season, and getting McCowan back should help solidify that ranking. She finished with 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes in her first game back.

The Sparks have had to alter their starting lineup a lot this season because of illnesses and injuries. The mainstay, however, has been Nneka Ogwumike. She's averaging an impressive 19.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, and her ability to grab boards should help Los Angeles in tonight's matchup against the Wings.