WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 9/10

Sep 10th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Dallas Wings at Atlanta Dream, 1pm ET

Wings Injury Report: Crystal Dangerfield (head) is AVAILABLE. Lou Lopez Sénéchal (knee), Diamond DeShields (knee) are OUT.

Wings Confirmed Lineup: Veronica Burton, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, Natasha Howard, Teaira McCowan

Dream Injury Report: AD Durr (knee), Nia Coffey (hand) are OUT.

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

The Wings have been great offensively in September as their 98.3 points per game have been the second-most league-wide. In their last outing, they scored 106 points as Arike Ogunbowale finished with 19 points and 10 assists. She'll look to repeat that performance against a Dream squad that clinched a playoff spot on Friday. Atlanta's 95.1 Defensive Rating this month is a big reason why they were able to make a final push to secure a spot in the postseason.

Chicago Sky at Connecticut Sun, 1pm ET

Sky Injury Report: Kahleah Copper (toe), Isabelle Harrison (knee), Rebekah Garnder (foot) are OUT.

Sky Confirmed Lineup: Courtney Williams, Marina Mabrey, Robyn Parks, Alanna Smith, Elizabeth Williams

Sun Injury Report: TBD

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

After securing a playoff spot with their last win, the Sky will be tested against one of the league's top teams. Connecticut's 98.3 Defensive Rating is the second-best of any team this season, trailing only the Aces (97.4). As the playoffs approach, the Sun will look to improve upon their recent offensive lull. This month, their 74.7 points per game have been the league's second-fewest, and they've recorded more turnovers per game (17.3) than any team.

Minnesota Lynx at Indiana Fever, 1pm ET

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

Fever Injury Report: Kristy Wallace (knee), Lexie Hull (shoulder) are OUT.

Fever Confirmed Lineup: Erica Wheeler, Kelsey Mitchell, Victoria Vivians, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston

The Lynx have lost two of three games against the Fever and will now get a chance to even the series on the final day of the regular season. Indiana isn't playing for much as their postseason hopes ended on the first of this month. In the last two games, they've scored a league-low 64.0 points per game. They've looked uninspired during those contests, made apparent by their league-low 61.5 field goal attempts per game.

Washington Mystics at New York Liberty, 1pm ET

Mystics Injury Report: Shakira Austin (hip), Kristi Toliver (knee) are OUT.

Mystics Confirmed Lineup: Natasha Cloud, Ariel Atkins, Brittney Sykes, Elena Delle Donne, Myisha Hines-Allen

Liberty Injury Report: None reported.

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

The Mystics beat New York in the first game of the season but have lost the last two matchups against them. In the most recent outing, Washington had 20 fewer rebounds than the Liberty. Trouble on the glass has plagued the Mystics recently as they're averaging the third-fewest rebounds per game (30.7) in September. The Liberty have pulled down the second-most rebounds per game (37.9) throughout the season.

Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces, 3pm ET

Mercury Injury Report: Diana Taurasi (toe), Sophie Cunningham (jaw), Shey Peddy (concussion), Christyn Williams (knee), Skylar Diggins-Smith (maternity leave) are OUT.

Mercury Confirmed Lineup: Sug Sutton, Moriah Jefferson, Michaela Onyenwere, Brianna Turner, Brittney Griner

Aces Injury Report: TBD

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

It's been a tough season for the Mercury, so it's fitting that they'll end their campaign against one of the league's top two teams. The Aces have beaten Phoenix by 22.3 points per game in their three matchups. A'ja Wilson recorded 23.3 points per game against them this year and put up 30 points in the most recent meeting. Wilson looks ready for the postseason as she's averaged 24.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game over the last five contests.

Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 3pm ET

Sparks Injury Report: Nneka Ogwumike (knee) is AVAILABLE. Karlie Samuelson (abdomen), Lexie Brown (illness), Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Nia Clouden (knee), Katie Lou Samuelson (maternity leave) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Layshia Clarendon, Rae Burrell, Nneka Ogwumike, Azurá Stevens

Storm Injury Report: Gabby Williams (foot) is OUT.

Storm Confirmed Lineup: Sami Whitcomb, Jewell Loyd, Jordan Horston, Ezi Magbegor, Mercedes Russell

The Sparks were eliminated from playoff contention after the Sky won their most recent game. It was an injury-riddled season for Los Angeles, but there were some positives they'll take away from it. Jordin Canada elevated her game as she averaged 13.3 points per game, up from 9.2 points per game last season. Her 6.0 assists per game were the sixth-most league-wide and she's a candidate to win the Most Improved Player award. Meanwhile, Jewell Loyd signed a contract extension with the Storm, keeping her in Seattle for at least the next two seasons.