WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 8/6

Aug 6th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream, 3pm ET

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

Fever Confirmed Lineup: Erica Wheeler, Kelsey Mitchell, Lexie Hull, Emma Cannon, Aliyah Boston

Dream Injury Report: None reported.

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

After losing two straight, the Dream will aim to bounce back against the Fever, who have a league-worst -12.9 Net Rating and a league-high 23.8% turnover rate over the last five games. Cheyenne Parker has averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games against Indiana this season. She has logged a team-high 26.8% usage rate since rejoining the starting lineup six games ago.

Las Vegas Aces at New York Liberty, 3pm ET

Aces Injury Report: TBD

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

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

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

This will be the first of four matchups between these teams during the month of August. Breanna Stewart's 22.7 points per game and 25.9% usage rate this season are team highs, and her shooting will be key in a tough matchup against A'ja Wilson. Stewart's field goal attempts are up from 16.5 attempts per game before the All-Star Break to 18.8 attempts over the last five games. She has averaged 48.6% shooting in wins this season and 35.2% in losses.

Los Angeles Sparks at Washington Mystics, 3pm ET

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

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Layshia Clarendon, Karlie Samuelson, Nneka Ogwumike, Azurá Stevens

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

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

The Mystics get the Sparks at home again after winning a close one against them on Friday. Brittney Sykes led all Washington starters with a 25.0% usage rate in that game, but she shot just 20.0% from the field (including 0-of-6 from three-point range). Her 29.3% usage rate over the last five games is the fifth-highest league-wide. She leads the team with 16.2 field goal attempts over the last 10 games while shooting 43.2% from the field.

Chicago Sky at Dallas Wings, 4pm ET

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

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

Wings Injury Report: Awak Kuier (ankle), Diamond DeShields (knee), Lou Lopez Senechal (knee) are OUT.

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

Despite a +14 point differential with her on the floor, Elizabeth Williams recorded just four points and three rebounds in 31 minutes on Friday. She's had to compete for boards with her own teammates this season as Alanna Smith (6.7) and Courtney Williams (6.0) have averaged more than Williams' 5.5 rebounds per game. The Wings lead the league in rebound percentage (54.9%) and while Teaira McCowan grabbed a season-low two rebounds on Friday, she has averaged 8.6 per game on the year. Natasha Howard led Friday's game with 12 rebounds to go along with 28 points and 11 assists in her first triple-double of the season.