Where: Verizon Center, 7 p.m.
Records: Mystics, 7-6;
Back on track: The Mystics ended a season-long three-game losing streak with a 68-50 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night. Forward Emma Meesseman had 14 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, and reserve forward LaToya Sanders chipped in 14 points to equal a career best in addition to career highs of 10 rebounds and five assists.
Washington is in third place in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind the first-place New York Liberty, with two games left until the all-star break. Meesseman continues to lead the Mystics in scoring (13.7) and is second in rebounding (7.2) behind center Stefanie Dolson (7.6). Meesseman shot 6 for 11 Friday after combining to miss 20 of her 30 shots during the losing streak.
Lineup change: Coach Mike Thibault turned to rookie guard Natasha Cloud in the starting lineup Friday night over veteran Ivory Latta, who was the only Mystics player in last year’s All-Star Game. Latta had started 79 of 80 games since coming to the District three years ago, but Thibault indicated he wanted a longer defender on the floor. Cloud is listed at 6 feet; Latta is 5-6.
The thinking also was Latta could provide a spark off the bench, but she went a season-worst 1 for 11 from the field, including 1 for 7 from three-point range. It was the third time in the past four games Latta scored five points or fewer. Thibault did not rule out Latta starting again though, saying, “We might play with it game to game.”
Head to head: The Mystics and Sun have played once this year, with Washington winning the season opener, 73-68, in Uncasville, Conn. Dolson led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The No. 6 overall pick last season has started 12 of 13 games this year in place of Kia Vaughn, who is recovering from concussion symptoms and is not expected back until after the all-star break.
Guard Alex Bentley leads the Sun in scoring (17.1), and center Kelsey Bone is second in points (14.7) and first in rebounding (6.3). Former Maryland all-American Alyssa Thomas has started all 13 games for Connecticut in her second season in the WNBA after being selected No. 4 overall in the 2014 draft. The Sun’s game against Indiana on Saturday was postponed when the Fever was unable to travel to Connecticut because of weather and mechanical delays in Washington.