WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 7/22

Jul 22nd 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, 1pm ET

Sun Injury Report: TBD

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

Dream Injury Report: None reported

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

The Sun have won four of their last five games. During that span, their +11.0 Net Rating has been the third-best of any team, and they've converted a league-high 46.4% of their three-point attempts. Connecticut has beaten Atlanta in two of their three meetings this season. If the Dream want to pull off the upset, they'll need Rhyne Howard to keep up her production. She's been one of the league's premiere scorers, averaging 18.8 points per game on the season and 21.4 points per game over her last five outings.

Las Vegas Aces at Minnesota Lynx, 3pm ET

Aces Injury Report: Candace Parker (ankle, foot), Riquna Williams (back) are OUT.

Aces Confirmed Lineup: Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, A'ja Wilson, Kiah Stokes

Lynx Injury Report: Jessica Shepard (illness), Rachel Banham (thumb), Natalie Achonwa (maternity leave) are OUT.

Lynx Confirmed Lineup: Lindsay Allen, Kayla McBride, Diamond Miller, Napheesa Collier, Dorka Juhász

The Lynx have allowed league-highs of 9.5 threes per game and 26.2 attempted threes per game. It's a matchup to watch for both Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young. Plum is averaging a team-high 6.3 attempts from deep in July and converting 47.4% of them. Young has made 50.0% of her 5.4 attempts per game in that span, 28.3% of which were unassisted. Las Vegas has led the league with 93.3 points per game.

Los Angeles Sparks at Dallas Wings, 8pm ET

Sparks Injury Report: Karlie Samuelson (knee), Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Nia Clouden (knee) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Layshia Clarendon, Lexie Brown, Nneka Ogwumike, Azurá Stevens

Wings Injury Report: TBD

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

The Sparks got some key players back last game and got solid production out of them. Even though they lost that game, their outlook should be a bit brighter as they continue to get healthier. Unfortunately, they're set to face one of the league's hottest teams. Dallas has won four straight including a win against the Liberty last game. Arike Ogunbowale has shined during the win streak, averaging 23.0 points and 5.5 assists per game. Natasha Howard has also chipped in 18.5 points per game.

Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm, 9pm ET

Sky Injury Report: Isabelle Harrison (knee), Rebekah Gardner (foot) are OUT.

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

Storm Injury Report: None reported

Storm Confirmed Lineup: Ivana Dojkić, Jewell Loyd, Gabby Williams, Ezi Magbegor, Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu

These two teams have struggled this season as they've won just 12 games combined. The Sky are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, while the Storm have lost eight straight. Both teams rank bottom four in scoring and opponent field goal percentage. Chicago has been the better defensive team this season, but they've struggled offensively during their losing streak, scoring a league-low 69.8 points per game. Their 26.4% three-point percentage has also been the worst of any team during that span.