WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 7/27

Jul 27th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks, 3:30pm ET

Fever Injury Report: NaLyssa Smith (foot) is OUT.

Fever Confirmed Lineup: Erica Wheeler, Kelsey Mitchell, Lexie Hull, Victoria Vivians, Aliyah Boston

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

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Zia Cooke, Layshia Clarendon, Nneka Ogwumike, Azurá Stevens

When these teams played on Tuesday, Aliyah Boston logged a team-high 25.4% usage rate. However, she scored just two points in the second half and did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter. The Fever turned the ball over 15 times, including a team-high four turnovers from Boston. Over the last seven games, teams have scored a league-high 19.4 points off turnovers per game against Indiana.

In that last outing, Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with a season-high 30 points, while Jordin Canada tallied 20 points and 10 assists to record her first career double-double. The two combined for five steals and both logged at least 35 minutes. Los Angeles is expected to keep their rotations condensed with Dearica Hamby garnering most of the reserve minutes.

Atlanta Dream at New York Liberty, 7pm ET

Dream Injury Report: None reported

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

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

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

The Liberty had an impressive comeback win last game against Seattle. Sabrina Ionescu shot poorly (14.3%) but recorded her fourth career triple-double. New York will need her to be better from the field against the Dream, who have had a league-best 91.4 defensive rating over their last five contests. However, their offense has struggled as they've averaged a league-worst 40.5% field goal percentage over that span of games.