WNBA East Week 3 Preview

The New York Liberty are searching for a win after a three-game losing streak, and the Indiana Fever get a second chance against the Atlanta Dream. 

By Ashley Mouzzon 

We’re working on a light schedule for the WNBA Eastern Conference this week, but the games keep getting better and better. The Liberty is looking at only one game for the week after a very busy schedule in week two. The Sun’s veteran stars, Courtney Williams and DeWanna Bonner are returning to the roster tonight and the Liberty have some work to do. The Dream will go up against the Fever for round two, and Rhyne Howard has been on fire in her debut season. She will be the top eastern conference player to watch this week as she is the seventh WNBA player to hit over 30 points in a single game. 

Second Meeting: New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun 

New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun – Tuesday May 17 at 7 P.M. ET (Yes App) 

After losing a pair of games at home, the Liberty will play against the Sun for the second time this season. If the Liberty want to be successful on the road, they will need to tighten up offensively. From the last two games, they have failed to play consistent basketball,  starting to make a run late in the game only to lose in the final seconds. The Liberty’s Stephanie Dolson will also need to watch her fouls (she fouled out twice in a row) and make quality defensive plays. The Sun will be hungry for their second win of the season and with star players Courtney Williams and DeWanna Bonner returning to the roster, so the New York will need to pull out all the stops to break this rough patch.

Another Chance: Atlanta Dream vs. Indiana Fever

Atlanta Dream vs. Indiana Fever – Tuesday May 17 at 7 P.M. ET (IND Stream) 

The Dream’s star rookie Rhyne Howard dropped a career high of 33 points against the Fever last Sunday to lead her team to victory. She will be the one to watch in their second matchup in Indiana, and if the Fever want to win at home, they will need to shut down Howard and force her to pass the ball. Fever rookie Queen Egbo will also need to be on her A-game and grab rebounds to aid in her team’s offensive efforts. These two teams are pretty evenly matched and fans should be ready for another shot-for-shot basketball game. 

Stayin’ Alive: Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings

Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings – Tuesday, May 17 at 8 P.M. ET (CBSSN) 

The Dallas Wings are coming into week three after a very successful week on the road. Now they are on home court and will look to shut down the Mystics for the second time. The Mystics may have guard Natasha Cloud back in action, as she announced her return on Monday morning after missing week two due to health and safety protocols. With her possible return and Elena Delle Donne on the floor, the Mystics will be harder to beat this time around. 

In their last meeting, the Mystics fell off pace in the second and third quarters and the Wings took full advantage of that. The key to the Mystics game will be limiting their amount of turnovers; they had a total of 19 last Friday. Defensively they will need to shut down Arike Ogunbowale who has a 46% average from the three-point line—once she gets going she is hard to stop. 

Defending Champs: Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm – Wednesday May 18 at 10 P.M. ET (Facebook) 

The Chicago Sky are finding their rhythm after winning their past two games, and they will need to keep their pace strong throughout all four quarters as they face the Storm for the first time. In their last game against the Minnesota Lynx, the Sky lost momentum in the third and fourth quarters and luckily found a second wind to edge out the Lynx. The Storm has experienced a string of losses, especially after Breanna Stewart entered health and safety protocol; at this time there is no confirmation on her return date. The Sky will need to take advantage of the Storm missing a key playmaker and come out strong and maintain their pace. With only five turnovers against the Lynx, the Sky was very strong and decisive with the ball. If they can keep their pace and make decisive plays, the Sky has a great shot at success against the Storm Wednesday night. 

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