WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 9/1

Sep 1st 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Dallas Wings at Indiana Fever, 7pm ET

Wings Injury Report: Satou Sabally (ankle) will play. Natasha Howard (health protocols), Diamond Deshields (knee), Lou Lopez Sénéchal (knee) are OUT.

Wings Confirmed Lineup: Crystal Dangerfield, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, Awak Kuier, Teaira McCowan

Fever Injury Report: Aliyah Boston (thumb) is AVAILABLE. Lexie Hull (shoulder) is OUT.

Fever Confirmed Lineup: Erica Wheeler, Kelsey Mitchell, Kristy Wallace, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston

Over the last eight games, Teaira McCowan has averaged a double-double and is the only player during that span to have logged at least 10.0 rebounds per game. Aliyah Boston ranks second with 9.4 rebounds per game, while NaLyssa Smith's 8.7 rebounds per game rank seventh over that stretch. Teams have scored the fewest points in the paint per game against the Fever (31.3) and Wings (33.4) this season. Expect scoring to come from beyond the arc because, in August, teams have shot a league-best 40.1% from three against Dallas and 39.0% from deep against Indiana.

Connecticut Sun at New York Liberty, 8pm ET

Sun Injury Report: DiJonai Carrington (foot), Brionna Jones (Achilles) are OUT.

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

Liberty Injury Report: Sabrina Ionescu (calf) is OUT.

Liberty Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Vandersloot, Marine Johannès, Betnijah Laney, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones

There could be a noticeable difference in energy during this matchup as the Liberty haven't played in four days, while the Sun will play the second game of a back-to-back set. New York has won nine of their last 10 games, recording league-highs of 90.0 points per game and a +17.7 Net Rating during that stretch. Breanna Stewart averaged a team-high 22.6 points per game in August, ranking third in scoring.

Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx, 8pm ET

Dream Injury Report: Nia Coffey (hand) is OUT.

Dream Confirmed Lineup: Danielle Robinson, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Monique Billings, Cheyenne Parker

Lynx Injury Report: Jessica Shepard (ankle), Lindsay Allen (thumb), Natalie Achonwa (maternity leave) are OUT.

Lynx Confirmed Lineup: Tiffany Mitchell, Kayla McBride, Diamond Miller, Napheesa Collier, Dorka Juhász

Atlanta struggled in August as they won just three of their 11 games while their 98.9 offensive rating was the league's second-worst. Luckily for them, the Lynx have been one of the league's worst defensive teams. Their season-long 106.1 defensive rating ranks bottom-three, and they've allowed a league-high 85.1 points per game. The Lynx have given up 89.8 points per game over their last five outings.