Indianapolis, Ind., – Wednesday’s WNBA action features a doubleheader on NBA TV starting with the Washington Mystics at Indiana, followed by the New York Liberty at Las Vegas.
The Mystics (20-11) are setting their sights high as they look to lock down the No. 2 seed in the playoffs currently being occupied by the Atlanta Dream. The Mystics are just a game and a half behind the Dream, for the precious No. 2 seed, which earns a double-bye in the playoffs. Washington looks to take care of business against the Indiana Fever and push their six game win streak to seven. In Sunday’s victory over Dallas, rookie Ariel Atkins led the Mystics with a career-high 26 points in the win. After Indiana’s momentous back to back wins, the Fever have drifted back into old habits dropping three straight games. Indiana fell to Las Vegas on Saturday, as Erica Wheeler paced the Fever with 13 points. Despite a not so great season record wise, the Fever’s rookie duo of Kelsey Mitchell and Victoria Vivians continue to make a name for themselves becoming the first rookie pair on the same team to both make more than 60 3-point field goals in a season. Tune in to NBA TV at 7 PM ET, to watch the Mystics and the Fever battle at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Rounding out Wednesday’s action is the Liberty (7-24) and the Aces (13-18) at 10 PM ET. This matchup is especially important for the Aces, who in their first year in Las Vegas have a chance to tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with Dallas, who is just a half game ahead. With the Wings falling into a nine game slump, Las Vegas has to make these last three games of the season count if they want a shot at the postseason. Standing in their path is a prideful New York squad who look to dead their ten game losing streak. The Liberty who fell to the L.A. Sparks on Tuesday, continue to fight to end the season on a positive note. Tina Charles led the Liberty with 21 points. Catch the Aces and the Liberty on NBA TV tonight.
Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Fever (3-23) will host the Dallas Wings (14-12) on Breast Health Awareness Night in their first game back since the All-Star break. The Fever will be dawning their special pink themed uniforms to commemorate the night as spectators will have a chance to bid on the game worn jersey’s in the BHA auction.
With Indiana being out of the race for playoff contention, the Fever’s focus for the remainder of the season is to win as many games as possible and continue to compete at a high level. Indiana’s youth coupled with their seasoned veterans has boded well for the franchise’s future as players continue to develop.
For tonight’s matchup, the Fever will have to put a stop to Dallas’ Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith if they are to have any success. Defensive stops and rebounds will be key. The Wings are coming off a tough one-point loss to Chicago on Tuesday, and will look to get out ahead against Indiana. Cambage finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds while Allisha Gray was just shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds for Dallas. Be sure to tune in on NBA TV tonight at 7 PM ET.
The Minnesota Lynx (15-10) and the Los Angeles Sparks (15-11) will also return to action tonight in what’s become a marquee rivalry in the league. The Lynx who finished the first half of the season on a three game win streak, look to continue their success as they put together a series of games to lock down a playoff spot. Leading Minnesota will be 3x All-Star MVP, Maya Moore and company. The Sparks are hoping to find their rhythm after the break, after dropping some close games beforehand. Los Angeles will be challenged along the way as the team fights without two of their stars – Nneka Ogwumike and Alana Beard – both of whom are questionable for tonight’s matchup. Find out who takes home the W tonight at 10 PM ET, on ESPN 2.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Seattle Storm (19-7) showed why they’re at the top of league standings with a 20-point win over Indiana (3-23) on Tuesday night.
After the Storm went on an 8-0 run to start the game, Indiana’s veterans had an answer as Cappie Pondexter hit back to back buckets to get the Fever going. Candice Dupree would follow suit knocking down shots to keep Indiana close. However, Seattle would keep the pressure on as Jewell Loyd buried triple after triple to tally 13 points at the end of the first quarter.
Teammates Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard would pick up where she left off in the second half, as Seattle got out in transition. Stewart and Howard scored all 25 of the Storm’s third quarter points working as a tandem to stretch out their lead. Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell would provide bursts of scoring attacks to keep the Fever in it coming as close as 80-72 late in the game. But Seattle’s Sue Bird would nail a dagger three-pointer to silence Indiana as the Storm soared to victory. Bird would tally 11 points and 11 assists in the 92-72 win. Stewart would pace the Storm with 26 points and 10 rebounds, shooting a 75 percent clip from behind the arc. Natasha Howard would also add 16 points and nine rebounds as Seattle picked up the road win.
Kelsey Mitchell, who will be participating in Saturday’s All-Star Three Point Contest, finished with a 26 point performance to tie a season-high for Indiana. Dupree turned in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Pondexter pitched in 10 points.
After the All-Star break, the Fever will face the Dallas Wings on August 2 at 7 PM ET.