Uncasville, Conn., – In just their second road test of the season, the Indiana Fever will visit the Connecticut Sun (2-0) for a 7 o’clock tip-off in Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Fever who are winless on the season will face a tough young Connecticut squad who has put up over 100 points in their first two games. The Sun earned victories over the Las Vegas Aces (101-65) and the Los Angeles Sparks (102-94). Shooting for their third, the Sun are led by Alyssa Thomas who is averaging 14 ppg and 13 rpg. In their win over the Sparks, Chiney Ogwumike finished with 18 points while Jonquel Jones added 17 points.
Despite a rough start to the season, Indiana has seen a solid scoring effort from the ‘Mitchell duo’. The two (Kelsey and Tiffany) combined for 38 points against the Mystics while Candice Dupree added 21 points.
Catch this game on WNBA League Pass Saturday night at 7 PM ET.
The 2017 WNBA Playoffs continue Sunday, on ESPN2 with Round 2 of single-elimination games coming your way! The Phoenix Mercury head to Mohegan Sun Arena to face the red-hot Connecticut Sun in Game 1 on ESPN2 at 3 PM ET, followed by the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty at MSG for Game 2 at 5 PM ET. For the full schedule and updated WNBA Playoff Picture click here.
WNBA Playoffs 2017 Bracket format. Courtesy photo/WNBA
ROUND 1 Single-Elimination Recap
#6 Mystics advance over #7 Wings, 86-76
#5 Mercury defeat #8 Storm, 79-69
GAME 1: #5 MERCURY VS. #4 SUN @CONNECTICUT, 3 PM ET
After making it out of the 1st-round of single-elimination games, Diana Taurasi and the #5 Phoenix Mercury, head to Connecticut to battle Jonquel Jones and the Sun. In what will be another epic match-up, Brittney Griner who dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds in Round 1, will face the sophomore forward/center, Jones who has been phenomenal this season averaging 15.4 ppg and 11.9 rpg, breaking the WNBA rebounding record at 403 rebounds (previously held by Tina Charles). Although Phoenix, a 3x league champion, has the advantage of being the more experienced team in postseason play, the Sun are a young, hungry team who just might suprise you. The winner of this game advances to a 3-of-5 semifinal against either the No. 1 Minnesota Lynx or the No. 2 Los Angeles Sparks. Tune in at 3 PM ET on ESPN2 for some WNBA action.
GAME 2: #6 MYSTICS VS. #3 LIBERTY @NEW YORK, 5 PM ET
Despite playing in the WNBA Finals four times, the #3 New York Liberty have yet to be crowned league champions. This evening, the Liberty will have a chance to advance and make their way back to said Finals, as they host the Washington Mystics at Madison Square Garden. The Mystics who advanced past the first round for the first time since 2002, are eager to make their first Finals appearance behind the leadership of Elena Delle Donne in today’s match-up. Delle Donne finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the Round 1 victory over Dallas, after dealing with some injuries during the regular season. It’s going to take a team effort as the Mystics prepare to keep the Liberty at bay on the glass in hopes of stopping Tina Charles and her squad. The winner will advance to a best-of-five series against the Minnesota Lynx with Game 1 at 8 PM ET Tuesday. Catch this game today at 5 PM ET on ESPN2.
The Dallas Wings (14-16) face the Connecticut Sun (19-10) tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena, as the Wings look to keep their playoff hopes alive in the first of a three game road trip.
With just four games left in the regualr season, these next three road games will be critical for the Wings, who are currently tied with the Seattle Storm (14-16) for the seventh and eighth playoff spots. Having won the season series 2-1 this season, the Storm have the tie-breaker to seed them higher. Despite coming off a home win over Atlanta Saturday, Dallas has their work cut out for them tonight as the team will be without Glory Johnson, their second leading scorer, due to a one-game suspension. Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Aug. 12 meeting against Connecticut.
The Sun who appear to have locked in their No. 3 seed in league standings for the playoffs, were overjoyed Sunday in the 94-69 win over Phoenix. Having already clinched a playoff berth, this win was extra special as the Sun will not only be returning to postseason play since 2012, but are now guaranteed a playoff game in front of their home crowd. Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas led the Sun with 20 and 17 points, respectively, in Sunday’s victory.
Find out who takes this season series tonight at 7:00 p.m ET, live on Twitter.