In Saturday’s lone WNBA matchup, the Mercury go to Washington to take on the Mystics. Here’s what’s in store and how to watch.
Mercury (12-5) vs. Mystics (10-5)
When: Saturday June 30 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC | TICKETS
How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide) | Monumental Sports (DC viewing area)
Can Delle Donne do it again?
Storylines to follow
Mystics seek to make it five in a row. In their last outing on June 28, Washington got a three-point win over the New York Liberty, courtesy of a buzzer-beater by Elena Delle Donne that kept the Mystics out of overtime and gave the team their fourth straight win. Washington will be looking to push it to five in a quest to regain ground lost during the team’s losing streak earlier in the season.
What’s at stake for the Mercury? Phoenix secured a 95-77 victory over the Fever on Friday night in Indianapolis. With the win (coupled with the Sparks’ loss to the Aces on the same night), the Mercury have moved to first place in the standings, with a 12-5 record. The Storm and Sparks are now in second and third places, respectively, with the Mystics hotly contending at fourth. Although the Mercury have won two games in a row, a win tonight won’t be easy — especially considering that this is the second game of a back-to-back, across time zones, for a veteran team.
Which team has the edge? The last time these teams met was on May 30 in Phoenix, and the Mystics got the 103-95 victory without Delle Donne, who had missed time due to illness. “[Kristi] Toliver pumped in 30 points for Washington, [Brittney] Griner scored 27 [for Phoenix] and [DeWanna] Bonner had 25.” With Delle Donne back in the lineup, the Mystics have the edge, especially playing at home. But with both teams streaking in the right direction, this matchup promises to be a Saturday night slugfest.