WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 9/13

Sep 13th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Minnesota Lynx at Connecticut Sun, 8pm 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

Sun Injury Report: Tiffany Hayes (knee), DiJonai Carrington (foot) are AVAILABLE. Bernadett Határ (knee), Brionna Jones (Achilles) are OUT.

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

The Sun won three of four games against the Lynx in the regular season. In the most recent meeting, Connecticut pulled out a win despite shooting 20.0% from beyond the arc. That performance was a rarity for the Sun, who recorded the fourth-best three-point percentage (36.0%) this year. Their efficiency from deep will be critical in this series, and they'll have a good chance to have success as teams converted 35.7% of their threes against the Lynx during the season.

Chicago Sky at Las Vegas Aces, 10pm ET

Sky Injury Report: Alanna Smith (ankle), Kahleah Copper (toe) will play. Isabelle Harrison (knee), Rebekah Gardner (foot) are OUT.

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

Aces Injury Report: TBD

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

The Sky went 4-1 to close out the season and during the stretch, they led the league in three-point shooting (44.3%). Kahleah Copper averaged a team-high 22.5 points per game on 50.0% shooting including 52.2% from three, and Marina Mabrey shot 41.0% from deep on a team-high 7.8 three-point attempts per game. Over the final 10 games, the Aces allowed the third-most made threes (8.4) and three-point attempts (24.1) per game to opponents. Although the Sky went 0-3 against the Aces in the regular season, they were one of three teams to average a league-high 87.3 points per game against them. The other two teams were the New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun.