PREVIEW: Mystics face Aces for first matchup of the 2021 season
The Mystics kick off their second homestand of the season, hosting the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday, June 5 at 1:00 P.M. at Entertainment & Sports Arena. The last time the Aces played at Entertainment & Sports Arena was during the semifinal round of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. The Mystics defeated the Aces in the series 2-0 advancing to the 2019 WNBA Finals and ultimately winning the WNBA Championship.
Entertainment & Sports Arena | Saturday, June 5 | 1:00 P.M. | ABC, SN
Mystics: G – Natasha Cloud, G – Ariel Atkins, G – Sydney Wiese, F – Myisha Hines-Allen, F – Tina Charles
Aces: G – Riquna Williams, C – Liz Cambage, F – A’ja Wilson, G – Chelsea Gray, G – Jackie Young
Mystics – Elena Delle Donne (back – out)
Aces – Angel McCoughtry (knee – out)
Tina Charles leads the Mystics in scoring.
7-time WNBA All-Star and former MVP Tina Charles continues to lead the Mystics in scoring, averaging 26.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and shooting 46.8% from the field through the first six games of the season. The Aces’ leading scorer, A’Ja Wilson, has averaged 18.1 points per game throughout the season. When asked about the team’s strategy going into the game, Charles noted that “communication wise [the team] is getting better on the defensive end,” which is key to stopping the Aces top shooters. Fans can anticipate an exciting matchup between the two WNBA star players.
With Elena Delle Donne still out, Coach Mike Thibault has relied on other players to shine on the court. Natasha Cloud leads the team in assists, averaging 4.2 per game and Ariel Atkins has averaged a career high 16 points per game shooting 42.3% from the field. Regarding the Aces healthy roster of big players, Coach Thibault references the 2019 semifinal round of the WNBA playoffs, saying “we gained our advantage by spreading them out…getting them out of their comfort zone in front of the basket.”
Home Court Advantage
With the District of Columbia granting the team’s request to increase capacity in the arena to 50%, Entertainment & Sports Arena is ready to welcome nearly 2,100 Mystics fans back starting Saturday, the most in arena since the 2019 WNBA playoffs. Saturday is also the team’s Wear Orange game hosted in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Building Museum. The June 5 Mystics game is part of Wear Orange Weekend (June 4-6) which is a national campaign that raises awareness about the impact of gun violence in our communities and promotes sensible gun safety solutions to help us one day realize a future free from gun violence. Fans are encouraged to wear orange to the game, and to visit WashingtonMystics.com/WearOrange to learn more about how to get involved. The Mystics will also debut their Nike Rebel Edition Uniforms for the first time this season.
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