The WNBA East turned upside down. If the regular season ended now, Chicago, Washington, and Atlanta — a combined 26-76 in 2008 — would be in the playoffs, while conference finalists Detroit and New York share the cellar.
Chicago is 0-2 on the road, losing by an average of 24 points, giving up a .503 FG%, and making the over both times. In Friday’s loss at Connecticut, the Sky shot 5-for-15 outside the three-point line, which caused their incredible season percentage to drop to .483.
Washington lives or dies on the boards. In their sole loss and their closest win, the Mystics lost the rebounding battle. Atlanta beat Washington by 12 on Friday behind double-digit rebound efforts from two players.
The Mystics are trying to lighten the load on guard Alana Beard, who’s led the team in scoring four straight years. Beard remains ahead of her teammates with a 17-point average, but her field goal attempts per game have dropped.