Super Basketball League: The WNBA’s live coverage begins late Tuesday night with the Washington Mystics taking on the Seattle Storm.
The Washington Mystics and the Seattle Storm are both struggling.
The difference is that Seattle, the defending WNBA champions, has already clinched a playoff berth, while the Mystics are in a four-team race for the final two postseason slots.
The Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, and Chicago Sky are the five teams that have already qualified for the playoffs. The Dallas Wings, New York Liberty, and Los Angeles Sparks are among the teams vying for seventh and eighth place, respectively.
The Storm (19-10) snapped a three-game losing trend with an 85-75 home victory over the Knicks last Thursday, prevailing comfortably despite converting only two of 14 three-point tries.
This followed a terrible shooting performance in a 107-75 loss to Chicago on August 29. By the time the playoffs begin on September 23, they’ll realise they need to improve their outside shooting.
Breanna Stewart, who has made just six of 32 three-pointers in her last seven games, remarked, “We’re defying the odds.” “We went into the game with the mindset that we wanted to get the ball into the paint.”
Stewart, on the other hand, scored a game-high 33 points on 12 of 22 shooting and 9 of 11 free throws against the Liberty. She also has a career average of 36.5 per cent from deep.
Storm coach Noelle Quinn remarked, “She willed herself to score and defend.” “She had been bumped and pushed since the beginning. I assumed she fought through the physicality and returned to being physical.”
The Mystics (10-17) welcomed back league-leading scorer Tina Charles after a four-game layoff due to a strained left hip on Saturday, but they were defeated 93-75 by the Minnesota Lynx, their seventh loss in nine games.
Elena Delle Donne (back) and Myisha Hines-Allen (non-COVID-19 sickness) did not travel, and Charles, Theresa Plaisance, and Erica McCall were all limited in minutes in the second half of Washington’s season.
However, Charles was effective in her 25 minutes on the field, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds, but Washington trailed by as many as 23 points in the rout.
“Even if Tina isn’t 100 per cent, having her back on the court is a tremendous advantage for us,” coach Mike Thibault said. “This is typical of our time of year. It’s just the way things have always been. It’s the same as in real life. Things are thrown at you, and how you manage them determines your success. You can whine and groan all you want, but nothing will change.”
The Mystics will undoubtedly be hoping that their fortunes turn against the Storm.
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