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.
August 14, 2018 – With the final playoff spot still up for grabs, the Dallas Wings seek to secure their ticket to the postseason in tonight’s matchup against the Connecticut Sun. The Wings (14-17) have been in a slump as of late dropping eight straight games which resulted in the removal of head coach Fred Williams. Assistant Taj McWilliams-Franklin will fill in for the remiander of the season, as Dallas tries to get back on track and winning. Connecticut (18-13) continues to find success as they try to secure the best possible spot for the playoffs. The Sun are currently tied for the No. 4 spot with Los Angeles, a spot that earns a first-round bye and a second-round playoff game. Connecticut defeated the Chicago Sky on Sunday behind a stellar rebounding effort from the team in which the Sun held the advantage, 51-33. Jonquel Jones would finish with 17 points and 15 boards, while Chiney Ogwumike added 13 points and 14 rebounds in the teams win. Catch the Wings and the Sun live on Twitter tonight at 7 PM ET.
The Chicago Sky (11-20) visit the Minnesota Lynx (17-14) at the Target Center for an 8 PM ET tip-off. After being eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday’s loss to the Sun, the Sky continue to strive for the best in preps for a better season next year. The Lynx continue to make adjustments in preps for another postseason run as the team deals with injuries to forward Rebekkah Brunson (concussion) and point guard Danielle Robinson (ankle sprain). Minnesota came up short to the Seattle Storm on Sunday after a solid performance from Sylvia Fowles. Fowles led the Lynx with 28 points and 13 rebounds in the 81-72 loss. The Lynx also learned that veteran guard Lindsay Whalen will be retiring at the end of the season. The four-time WNBA champ became the head coach at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota back in the spring. Tune in on NBA TV to watch the Lynx and the Sky at 8 PM ET.
Wrapping up Tuesday night’s action is the New York Liberty (7-23) and Los Angeles Sparks (18-13) at the Staples Center. The Liberty who are out of the running for the playoffs, did not envision their season going as it did, but have high expectations going into next year to turn things around. Los Angeles on the other hand is striving to make their way back to the WNBA Finals for the third straight time. However, the Sparks have got to clean things up on the defensive end if they want to hang with the best. L.A., fell to the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, 86-78. Candace Parker finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Maria Vadeeva added 16 points. Be sure to tune in to the Sparks and the Liberty on NBA TV tonight at 10:30 PM ET.