Washington Mystics vs Chicago Sky Preview
Mystics 1-1 vs Sky 1-1
When: Wednesday, June 5th, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monumental Entertainment and Sports Arena
TV: WNBA League Pass/ NBC Sports Washington / CBSSN
Mystics: Kiara Leslie – (Out, Torn Meniscus in right knee),
82.5 - points per game
79.5 - points against
46.8 - Field goal %
77.0 - points per game
84.0 - points against
45.7 - field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Defensive Intensity: The Mystics set the tone from opening tip defensively and pretty much suffocated the life out of Atlanta early. Washington finished the game with six blocks and six steals in a win over the Dream, showcasing how active they were throughout the game. They will need to bring the same mentality against the Sky due to their dangerous backcourt Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot. Quigley who is one of the most efficient scorers in the WNBA, is averaging 17.5 points on 57 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent from deep. To put things in perspective, Quigley has been so hot shooting the ball that she’s sixth in the league in scoring and haven’t attempted a single free throw. Vandersloot is hasn’t shot the ball well to start the season, yet, she’s finding other ways to help her team win the game. Vandersloot is averaging 8 points, a WNBA leading 9.5 assist, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game. Washington will have to deal with their backcourt to avoid a harder than necessary battle with the Sky.
Ball Movement/Pace: Washington should continue the same fast pace that they played at in a blowout win over the Dream last Saturday, as well as move the ball as efficiently. Chicago comes in to tonight’s game dead last in points allowed, giving up 84 points a game. The Sky struggle to defend the pick & roll and with help side defense, leaving opponents a myriad of opportunities to capitalize. With the versatility throughout the roster, Washington if they bring the same unselfish play from Saturday, will thrive offensively.