WNBA: Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings to be tested by Washington Mystics

Friday’s WNBA slate starts with Liberty (3-1) at Sky (3-2) at 6 p.m. ET. The Sky are coming off their worst efficiency of the season: an 18-point loss to the 2-2 Dream. The Liberty are coming off a closer-than-expected win over the Storm in Breanna Stewart’s go back to Seattle.

With the Liberty totally healthy and with their radiant 16-point win over the Sun still protruding in everybody’s minds, they will be the heavy favorites in this video game. But just beating the Storm by 8 definitely makes them appear a bit susceptible. Stewart has actually had one exceptional video game and 2 extremely, excellent ones out of the 4 she’s played in this season. It doesn’t appear she will play a lower function on the Liberty than she carried out in Seattle since of all the other stars around her. She is the leader and the group will reach she takes it.

Breanna Stewart (with ball)
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The Liberty’s viewed second-best gamer, Jonquel Jones, has actually had a peaceful start to the season, and it stays to be seen how well she will fit with Stewie and the other pieces. So far it’s been the trio of Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot and Sabrina Ionescu in the spotlight.

Chicago, unlike New York, is far from entirely healthy. Isabelle Harrison, who was anticipated to be a crucial piece, has yet to play and Rebekah Gardner and Morgan Bertsch will likewise be out on Friday. Fortunately, the huge 3 of Kahleah Copper, Marina Mabrey and Courtney Williams will be offered, however all 3 of those gamers will require to play much better than they carried out in the 18-point loss to Atlanta.

Wings (3-1) at Mystics (2-2)

This is the Mystics’ Wear Orange Game raising awareness of weapon violence. Natasha Cloud’s participation in raising awareness is so crucial and the video game itself will be of secondary significance.

The Wings have actually been associated with 4 close video games, so it’s difficult to inform how excellent they actually are. But you need to presume they’ll be quite harmful if Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally and Natasha Howard can keep playing the method they are playing. Ogunbowale has actually scored 20-plus in every video game up until now, balancing 25.3, and is doing a strong task with dispersing also (career-best 3.8 helps per video game). More unexpected is how well Sabally and Howard are playing. Sabally is installing super star numbers far above her previous achievements: 22.3 points, 9 rebounds, 3.3 helps and 1.5 takes per video game. Howard, on the other hand is dipping into her 2019 All-WNBA First Team level statistically after 3 seasons where she fell off the super star radar.

Dallas Wings Media Day

Satou Sabally
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The Mystics haven’t played given that they evened their record with a 71-69 win over the Sky last Friday. Their only losses were both close ones to among the very best groups in the league in the Sun and they still sport that incredibly excellent 16-point win over the Liberty. Shakira Austin is a gamer to watch out for on the Mystics; she’s balancing 14 points and 8.3 rebounds in her 2nd WNBA season.

Aces (4-0) at Dream (2-2)

The Aces are the only staying unbeaten group in the league and have actually looked dominant in 3 of their 4 wins. The other success was a hard-fought return versus the Sparks, however even that nine-point win revealed simply how difficult Vegas will be to beat this year. Jackie Young stepped up and was the star of that video game, and is appearing like she’s far ahead of her fifth-best-player equivalent on the Liberty, Betnijah Laney. Not that Laney has actually genuinely required to step up, however Young is playing like a super star who can bring the Aces on her back on nights when the other 4 super stars aren’t feeling it. Young is balancing 23 points per video game; Laney is balancing 5.8.

Minnesota Lynx v Las Vegas Aces

Jackie Young
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The Dream lost by 3 to the Fever on Sunday and beat the Sky by 18 on Tuesday. The Fever have actually likewise played the Sun close two times, so maybe they will be good this year and maybe Atlanta’s three-point loss to them wasn’t so bad. And wow did the Dream recuperate in a huge method.

Allisha Gray has actually most likely been their finest gamer up until now, showing that she can score more when asked to and be more than simply a scrappy gamer who does the little things. She can be a huge star. Beating the Aces will be a very uphill struggle though.

Sparks (1-2) at Mercury (1-2)

The Mercury haven’t played given that May 25, so they might be a little rusty. The Sparks last used May 27 though, so very little of a distinction. Diana Taurasi’s 23 points and 10 helps got Phoenix to their one win this season and have actually provided the group hope that there will be more wins to come. But the Mercury definitely didn’t look excellent in their season opener, a 23-point loss to the Sparks.

In this rematch, we’ll see if Chiney Ogwumike can continue to be a significant aspect. She missed out on LA’s last video game, however in the 2 she played in she was sensational. She has actually been the Sparks’ finest gamer up until now this season, which is unexpected. Also unexpected is that Karlie Samuelson, who has actually needed to fight simply to make a WNBA lineup throughout her profession, is balancing 12.3 points for LA.

Las Vegas Aces v Los Angeles Sparks

Chiney Ogwumike
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The Sparks appear like a group that will play above their skill level this season since they are combined and tackling things properly. We’ll see if they can hand the Mercury another blowout loss.

Game details

New York Liberty (3-1) vs. Chicago Sky (3-2)

When: Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL

How to view: ion

Liberty inury report: none

Sky injury report: Morgan Bertsch (ankle; out), Rebekah Gardner (foot; out), Isabelle Harrison (knee; out), Ruthy Hebard (individual; out), Li Yueru (lower body; out for season)

Dallas Wings (3-1) vs. Washington Mystics (2-2)

When: Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

How to view: ion

Wings inury report: Diamond DeShields (knee; out), Lou Lopez Sénéchal (knee; out), Teaira McCowan (not injury-related; out)

Mystics injury report: Myisha Hines-Allen (kneecap; out)

Las Vegas Aces (4-0) vs. Atlanta Dream (2-2)

When: Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Gateway Center Arena @ College Park in Atlanta, GA

How to view: ion

Aces inury report: Riquna Williams (back; out)

Dream injury report: Danielle Robinson (knee; out), Iliana Rupert (not injury-related; out)

Los Angeles Sparks (1-2) vs. Phoenix Mercury (1-2)

When: Friday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET

Where: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ

How to view: ion

Sparks inury report: Katie Lou Samuelson (individual; out for season), Azurá Stevens (out; back), Stephanie Talbot (knee; out for season), Jasmine Thomas (knee; out)

Mercury injury report: Skylar Diggins-Smith (individual; out)

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