With August underway, the Phoenix Mercury (13-11) get ready to meet the Washington Mystics (14-10) in just their second match-up of the season.
The last time these two teams saw each other (July 5), the Mercury came out on top with an 88-80 victory led by Brittney Griner with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Since Griner’s injury, the Mercury have dropped four of their last six games, despite strong effort from Mercury reserves and Diana Taurasi. Phoenix had their two-game win streak cut short Friday night by Connecticut, who held on for the 93-92 win. Taurasi scored 33 points in the loss, while Leilani Mitchell added 17 points and 8 assists.
The Mystics who had won three straight also had their streak snapped on Friday, as the San Antonio Stars gained their first back-to-back wins in a 76-74 victory over Washington. The Mystics who were without Elena Delle Donne (torn left thumb ligament) only shot 32% from beyond the arc and 66% from the charity stripe. Kristi Toliver scored 18 points in the loss, while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 17. Krystal Thomas grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds.
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With the season series tied 1-1, the final match-up between the Connecticut Sun (13-9) and the Washington Mystics (13-9) is up for grabs tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, in the Verizon Center.
The Sun kicked off the second half of the season Tuesday at home, with a win over Chicago, 93-72. Connecticut was led by Alyssa Thomas who scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in the teams victory. Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas each tallied 17 on the night, while Jonquel Jones added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Sun and the Mystics continue to battle for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference as playoff season approaches.
Luckily for the Mystics, their star player Elena Delle Donne has returned just in time, as she put up 29 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over San Antonio, Tuesday. Washington has now won two straight games and looks to make it three tonight, before hitting the road to face Atlanta, Sunday. The Mystics are 8-2 at home, while the Sun are just 7-6 on the road.
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Tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET, The Seattle Storm will travel to the Verizon Center to face the Washington Mystics in their second of three meetings this season.
Seattle whose current standing is at 6-6, has lost four of its last five games and are looking to catch fire as they begin their three game road trip, before returning home to close out the first half of the season and enjoy the All-Star break. Guard Jewell Lloyd, leads the Storm averaging 18.3 points per game (ppg), followed by forward, Breanna Stewart averaging 17.6 ppg, and leading the charge on boards with 8.6 rebounds per game (rpg). Veteran guard, Sue Bird leads the team in assists with 7.7 assists per game (2,488 career) and only needs 112 more to pass Ticha Penicheiro for the No. 1 spot in career assists.
The Washington Mystics are sitting atop the league at No. 3, with an 8-5 overall record and look to continue their win streak after defeating the Chicago Sky. The Mystics are led by former Sky star and Delaware native, Elena Delle Donne who tallies 19.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg on average. Guards Tayler Hill and Kristi Toliver are also a threat offensively averaging 16.4 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. On the glass, center, Krystal Thomas cleans up well with 7.1 rpg.