Mystics-Sun preview

Mystics-Sun preview

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:46 p.m. ET

If there is one team that is happy to be on the road, it's the WNBA's Washington Mystics.

They are 0-5 at home but will look to improve on their 4-2 road mark Tuesday night when they play at the Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling Connecticut Sun.

The Sun (2-8) have one victory in five tries at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Mystics are fifth in the six-team Eastern Conference but are coming off a competitive game against the undefeated Minnesota Lynx (10-0) on Saturday. Washington led by two points at halftime before Minnesota took control with a 17-0 run en route to an 83-76 victory.


"I think it teaches our young team," Mystics guard Tayler Hill said.

"They (the Lynx) showed us that when times get tough and things begin to go on runs, they stay together and make the plays that need to be made. ... So a young team like us has to understand that when times get tough we have to stay together and not separate from each other."

Washington forward Emma Meesseman has been a bright spot and is having the best season of her career. The fourth-year pro was chosen the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in games against Dallas and Minnesota, shooting 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the floor.

Meesseman is averaging 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, both career highs.

Hill scored a season-high 24 points and had a career-best seven assists when the Mystics won 84-76 in overtime at Connecticut on May 21. Hill averages a team-best 15.0 points per game.

Sun guard Jasmine Thomas is averaging a team-high and career-best 11.7 points per game and also leads the team with an average of 4.7 assists. Five Connecticut players average at least 9.5 points.

Washington has the youngest roster in the WNBA, with Connecticut fielding the second youngest team. The Sun are next to last in scoring at 77.9 points per game, while the Mystics are 10th in the 12-team league at 78.5.