WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 6/28

Jun 28th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky, 12pm ET

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

Sky Injury Report: 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

Despite battling illnesses and injuries, the Sparks have played well recently. They're coming off back-to-back wins to make them .500 on the season. Jordin Canada has been their playmaker as she's recorded at least five assists in 11 straight games. Over that span, she's averaged 14.5 points and 6.1 assists per game.

The Sky have lost six straight and continue to spiral. Their 95.7 offensive rating and 15.4 turnovers per game both rank bottom-three in the league. Over the last ten games, opposing teams have averaged an alarming 86.0 points per game against Chicago.

Atlanta Dream at Washington Mystics, 7pm ET

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

Dream Confirmed Lineup: Danielle Robinson, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Nia Coffey, Cheyenne Parker

Mystics Injury Report: Shakira Austin (hip), Kristi Toliver (foot), Li Meng (overseas) are OUT.

Mystics Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Ariel Atkins, Brittney Sykes, Elena Delle Donne, Tianna Hawkins

Atlanta has been a bit of a surprise this year as they rank among the league's top offensive teams. The Dream are scoring 84.1 points per game which likely correlates with their ability to get to the free throw line. They are averaging a league-high 22.5 free throw attempts per game on the season.

The Mystics reported that Shakira Austin is set to miss at least three weeks. While no replacement starter has been announced, Tianna Hawkins is widely expected to log more minutes in the frontcourt. Amanda Zahui B. could also see her role expanded, although she has averaged just 5.9 minutes per game this season.