July 19, 2018 – Thursday’s WNBA action is set to tip-off at 7, 8, and 10 PM ET as teams finish up the first half of the season and get ready to enjoy the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. This year’s breakdown of the All-Star Game consists of a new format in which fans, players, coaches, and media voted for their favorites. The top 22 players were selected as All-Stars, while the top two vote-getters serve as captains and select their own teams from the remaining 20 All-Stars. Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, head up the two All-Star teams and will choose from this year’s All-Star selections below:
Official rosters will be announced tonight prior to the Mystics’ game at 8 PM ET on ESPN 2. The 15th WNBA All-Star Game will take place on Saturday, July 28 at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Tune in on ABC at 3:30 PM ET to watch Team Delle Donne and Team Parker go head to head.
Kicking off tonight’s action is the Atlanta Dream (13-9) and New York Liberty (7-15). The Dream have had the hot hand as of late winning five in a row including Tuesday’s buzzer beater against Connecticut. Atlanta’s Tiffany Hayes knocked down the three-point shot from beyond halfcourt to give the Dream the 86-83 win. Atlanta will host New York tonight at 7 PM ET, as they aim to stay hot and keep their win streak alive. The Liberty will do their best to put a stop to the Dream as they try and bounce back from a loss to the Wings. The Liberty suffered a 104-87 loss to Dallas in which Wings center Liz Cambage scored a record 53 points. Despite the loss, rookie Kia Nurse put up 25 points to lead New York alongside Tina Charles’ 19 points. Catch the Liberty and the Dream on ESPN 3 tonight.
Following the announcement of the 2018 WNBA All-Star Rosters, the Washington Mystics (13-9) and the Dallas Wings (13-9) will go head to head at the College Park Center. After a historic performance from Cambage, the Wings look to capitalize on the momentum at home for another win. Washington will face Dallas for the first time this season and should be rejuvenated after four days of prep. The Mystics are coming off a loss to the Dream in which Elena Delle Donne tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds. Watch the Mystics and the Wings on ESPN 2 at 8 PM ET.
To cap off the night, the Phoenix Mercury (15-8) will host the Las Vegas Aces (10-13) as they prepare for a four-game home stand at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Mercury secured a road win against the Indiana Fever, in which Brittney Griner grabbed 12 rebounds to go with 36 points. Diana Taurasi also added 22 points in the teams win. Las Vegas looks to redeem themselves and earn a road win after falling to Los Angeles on Sunday. The Aces competed tit for tat against the Sparks, but slipped up in the final quarter as L.A. outscored them 35-15. Kayla McBride paced the Aces with 18 points followed by A’ja Wilson’s 15 points. Watch the Mercury and the Aces square off on WNBA League Pass tonight at 10 PM ET.
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The Atlanta Dream (10-9) will play host to the Indiana Fever (2-18) tonight at McCamish Pavilion, as the two teams square off for their fourth and final time during the regular season. Indiana is going for their third win of the season as they look to bounce back after a loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. The Fever previously defeated the Dream, 96-64 earlier this season. Meanwhile, Atlanta is riding high after a record setting 106-89 victory over the Washington Mystics that saw four players notch 20 plus points and at least five assists in a win. The Dream shot a lightning 60 percent from the field as Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 24 points and six assists. Jessica Breland tallied 23 points and dished out seven assists, while Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery each added 21 points to go with five assists in the Dream’s statement win on Wednesday.
Over at Mohegan Sun Arena, the Connecticut Sun (10-10) and Phoenix Mercury (14-7) will be hashing it out, as both teams are seeking a win after recent losses. The Mercury currently lead the season series having defeated the Sun twice this year, but fell to Dallas on Tuesday, in a 29-point defeat after Diana Taurasi left the matchup early due to illness. Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner combined for 41 of the teams 72 points, and Yvonne Turner added 10 points in the loss. Connecticut looks to redeem themselves at home, after suffering a 79-76 loss at the buzzer to New York. The Sun led by as much as 10, but Shavonte Zellous would bank in the triple to give New York the victory. Chiney Ogwumike paced Connecticut with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Alyssa Thomas finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Also schedueled to tip-off at 7 PM ET, is the Chicago Sky (7-13) and Washington Mystics (12-8) at Washington. The Mystics currently hold the 2-1 series advantage over the Sky this season, but have lost two games straight. Their most recent loss came at the hands of the Atlanta Dream, where the Mystics gave up 106 points. Natasha Cloud and Elena Delle Donne led Washington with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Chicago is also coming off a loss after falling to Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Aces outscored the Sky 32-15 in the second quarter before stretching out their lead. Chicago’s Diamond DeShields led the Sky with 15 points.
The final matchup of the evening is between the Las Vegas Aces (9-12) and Minnesota Lynx (12-8) at 8 PM ET. The Aces who have won their third straight, will go for a fourth against the formidable Lynx. In their victory over Chicago, Las Vegas had four reach double figures led by Kayla McBride with 18 points. McBride shot 75 percent from three-point land knocking down 3 of 4 triples, while Kelsey Plum hit two of her own to finish with 14 points in the win. Minnesota aims to be more consistent in their play as they face the Aces for the first time this season. Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx to victory over Indiana on Wednesday, after dropping 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out seven assists. Maya Moore also added 19 points in the win as the Lynx return home to host the Aces tonight.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Minnesota Lynx came to Bankers Life Fieldhouse ready to work. In their Wednesday afternoon matchup against the Indiana Fever, Minnesota dropped bucket after bucket to come out on top, 87-65.
Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx to victory with a double-double on 8 of 10 shooting for 20 points. She also grabbed 10 boards as the reigning MVP gave Minnesota several second chance points down the stretch. Teammate Maya Moore was just shy of matching that stat line as she finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Both the Indiana Fever and the Minnesota Lynx did a much better job of shooting compared to their last games. The Fever shot 41 percent from the field, while the Lynx shot 52 percent. However, Indiana fell into their old ways of having to play from behind trailing 44-33 at the half. Kelsey Mitchell had the hot hand from behind the arc knocking down three of her five 3-point attempts. But Minnesota’s Danielle Robinson would hit two of her own throughout the course of the game as the Lynx pressed on to the finish.
Fever guard Erica Wheeler had a big second half giving Indiana an energy boost on both ends of the floor. To end the third, Wheeler would find a cutting Erica McCall for the easy bucket at the buzzer. Wheeler would tally 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists to lead Indiana. Kelsey Mitchell added 11 points and Natalie Achonwa would finish with 10 points.
Be sure to check out the box scores of the rest of today’s matchups below.
New York Liberty 79, Connecticut Sun 76
Atlanta Dream 106, Washington Mystics 89
Minnesota Lynx 87, Indiana Fever 65