WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 7/21

Jul 21st 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

New York Liberty at Washington Mystics, 7pm ET

Liberty Injury Report: Stefanie Dolson (ankle), Han Xu (overseas) are OUT.

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

Mystics Injury Report: Elena Delle Donne (ankle), Ariel Atkins (ankle), Shakira Austin (hip), Kristi Toliver (foot) are OUT.

Mystics Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Brittney Sykes, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Myisha Hines-Allen, Tianna Hawkins

Before July 1st, the Mystics led the league with a 93.8 defensive rating. Since then, injuries to their core players have contributed to a bottom-three 109.3 defensive rating. Their 29.8 rebounds per game have been the second-fewest league-wide in July after they averaged 34.6 per game in the months prior. This game is a mismatch in favor of the Liberty, who pull down 36.8 rebounds per game, and also for Breanna Stewart who averages the second-most rebounds per game (9.6) of any player this season.