The WNBA wrapped up its first weekend of play and following a Monday off-day, returns to action on Tuesday. The league is playing three games pre day, and July 28th brings us five of the six 1-0 teams in action.
The evening gets started with the 1-0 Washington Mystics facing the 0-1 Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. ET. Midway through that game, the 1-0 Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky tip off at 8 p.m. The evening concludes with a nationally-televised game as the 1-0 Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm get underway at 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
We’ll be keeping an eye on things this season, and want to give a big shout-out to Matt Ellentuck and his Here’s Basketball newsletter for providing some critical insight into the W.
Time: 7 p.m.
Live stream: WNBA League Pass
Point spread: TBD
Money line odds: TBD
Myeshia Hines-Allen was the Mystics breakout performer in the team’s 101-76 win over the Indiana Fever. She scored 27 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and grabbed ten rebounds. The Mystics are short-handed due to various opt-outs, and Hines-Allen stepped up in a big way. The Sun were last year’s runner-up and looked to get off to a decent start, but blew a fourth quarter lead en route to a 77-69 loss to the Minnesota Lynx. Alyssa Thomas led the Sun with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Result: Mystics 94, Sun 89 — Three days after Myisha Hines-Allen broke out in a starting role, Aerial Powers had her own strong performance. Powers scored 27 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, and had two steals in the Mystics win. Powers primarily came off the bench last season, but the team’s numerous opt-outs have created opportunities. Hines-Allen also had another solid game, finishing with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The Sun got huge production from DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, who combined for 57 points and 20 rebounds, but the team got little else from the rest of the roster.
Time: 8 p.m.
Live stream: WNBA League Pass
Point spread: Sparks -4, 169.5
Money line odds: Sparks -180, Sky +143
The Sparks opened the season 1-0 with a thorough 99-76 beating of the Phoenix Mercury. Nneka Ogwumike led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds, and was one of six Sparks to score in double digits. Meanwhile, the Sky trailed much of their opener against Las Vegas, but came back and won 88-86 after Allie Quigley drained a three with 15 seconds left. The big issue in the Sky’s opener was Diamond DeShields coming off the bench instead of starting due to inflammation in her knee.
Result: Sky 96, Sparks 78 — Chicago got double digit points from six different players, including a combined 42 from Kahleah Copper and Azurá Stevens, while Courtney Vandersloot dished out 11 assists. The Sparks stumbled with Nneka Ogwumike coming back to earth with 13 points on not quite perfect 6-of-10 shooting.
The Lynx won their opener 77-69 thanks to a monster effort from Sylvia Fowles. She scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory. The other big story was the emergence of rookie guard Crystal Dangerfield late, scoring ten points to help the Lynx close out the win. Minnesota faces a Storm squad that is favored to win the whole thing, and handled their business on Saturday in crushing the New York Liberty 87-71. Four players scored in double digits, with Breanna Stewart scoring a team-leading 18 points, and Sue Bird dishing out 5 assists to go with 11 points in her first game after missing the 2019 season with a knee injury.
Result: Storm 90, Lynx 66 — Seattle rolled off another big win, getting contributions 11 players deep on their roster. Breanna Stewart led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sue Bird scored 16 points and dished out 4 assists. Jordin Canada was strong off the bench, playing 19 minutes and finished with 8 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles had her second straight double-double in the loss, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.