It’s been well over a month since the WNBA season started. I really hope you’re watching and following along because this league is fantastic! Let’s catch-up on how the top three teams in the Eastern Conference are doing so far this season.
Washington Mystics (9-5)
At the time of this post, the Mystics are standing at the top of the conference and currently enjoying a three game winning streak. By the time you’re reading this, that streak may be up to four. Their status right now is nothing short of amazing considering the number of injuries and other ailments they have had to deal with so far this season. Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, and LaToya Sanders have all missed games due to illnesses and other health conditions while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Tayler Hill have dealt with injuries.
Despite these key players missing significant time, the Mystics have played fantastic defense. Case in point: Just this past Sunday, the Mystics were down by ten against the Connecticut Sun at the end of the first quarter. Thanks to their ability to kick things up from a defensive perspective, as well as Delle Donne’s 25 points and LaToya Sanders career high 18, the Mystics won 92-80.
Connecticut Sun (9-6)
Despite falling to the second best spot in the league recently, the Sun is a strong team this season and they have star players Jasmine Thomas, Alyssa Thomas, Chiney Ogwumike, and Courtney Williams to thank. From a statistics perspective, the Sun are the team is killing it with solid passing, rebound, and assist stats. Yes, they did fall from the number one spot recently, but if they keep their game “balanced” then the Suns have a real chance at taking back the top. This is music to this team’s ears, I’m sure, given a few not-so-great seasons in the past.
Atlanta Dream (7-7)
The Dream have been on what can only be described as a rollercoaster this season. This is a surprise given that the team has a new head coach, Angel McCoughtry back from a season off, and a new forward and point-guard. However, the Dream’s inability to shoot the ball (where is Renee Montgomery? Bueller?) and score led to what can only be described as the lowest of lows so far this season in last week’s huge loss to the Indiana Fever.
Keeping the team going and still with a decent change at a playoff spot? Angel McCoughtry who was named last week’s WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week. McCoughtry has had the title 15 times previously, this time because she, “averaged a WNBA-high of 32 points in 35.2 minutes last week.”
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