ARLINGTON, TX- Veteran Plenette Pierson led the way tonight, scoring 21 points in an overtime victory over the San Antonio Stars 97-90.
The 21 points scored is a season high for the 14-year veteran. In overtime action Pierson scored her 21st point to give the Wings a 93-90 edge.
All-star guard Skylar Diggins solidified the win hitting a perfect two shots behind the line after a foul was called on San Antonio’s Sydney Colson. Diggins scored 19 points shooting 4-for-10 from the field, and a perfect 9-for-9 from the line. This was Diggins’ third straight game recording double figures.
Diggins shot 4-for-10 from the field and was picture perfect behind the line going 5-for-5. The all-star guard has hit double figures in three straight games.
Guard Odyssey Sims also registered 19 points for the night, shooting 57.1 percent from the field going 8-for-14.
Karima Christmas and Glory Johnson also scored double figures for the night. Christmas registered 17 points and seven rebounds, while Johnson recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards.
Dearica Hamby and Kayla McBride led the Stars for the night with 18 points, while Mariah Jefferson scored 11.
The Wings return will host their final game of the three game home stand when they go against the Indiana Fever this Saturday, June 25. Tickets are still available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
•The Wings 16-point halftime lead was the largest of the season for the Wings. The previous high was 8 vs. San Antonio on May 21st
•Dallas shot 24-26 (.923) from the free throw line. It is only the second time this season the Wings have shot higher than 90 percent from the stripe (vs. Washington on 5/18- .950).
•Plenette opened the game with 6 of the first 8 Dallas points (9 total in first quarter) and closed the game with an overtime-high 6 points. Pierson also scored 13 in the first half, tied for a team high in any first half this season (Sims- 13 at New York on 6/14).
•With 21 points tonight, Pierson has led the team in scoring for the third time this season (last- 16 vs. Atlanta on May 27)
•Glory Johnson notched her third straight double-double (third of season) with 11 points and 11 rebounds. It is also the third time this season that Johnson has led the team in rebounding.
•Odyssey Sims shot 8-14 (.571) from the field tonight. She shot her previous high (6-13, .461) three times this season, the last vs. Phoenix on June 21.
•Tonight was Jordan Hooper’s sixth game this season with multiple 3-pointers (2nd straight)..
WINGS HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
(On tonight’s game)
“I thought it was a hard fought game. San Antonio turned it on in the third quarter against us. Having a lead and sustaining a lead is pretty tough. We’ve got to stay focused. I wasn’t pleased with how we let that lead slip away. But in the end, we made some great plays defensively and made some key shots all around from all of our players. We just have to build on this game and learn from this game, learn how to finish out regulation. It was our second overtime game this year. It was good for us to see that we could compete in overtime victories.”
(On tonight’s third quarter)
“I saw that we kept the ball on one side of the floor and were starting to take quick shots. It enabled them to get some runouts on us with their fours and fives. (Stars forward Dearica) Hamby kind of leaked out on us some. With (Stars guard Moriah) Jefferson pushing the ball real fast, it created a lot of open court situations for them to get some transition points. They turned it on in that third quarter, and them being pros, they should. I thought they gave us a good fight.”
(On what he told team in fourth quarter)
“The main thing was to stay down on defense, don’t let them get to deep in to the paint. We kept jumping up in the air a lot. Once we stayed down, we jammed them up and they started taking some off balance shots. We got some key rebounds by Glory Johnson and also by Karima Christmas, we were able to get a couple runouts on them.”
(On Plenette Pierson)
“I know she wanted to hit that big one at the end of regulation. She really did a good job of popping and shooting the basketball, running the floor, and distributing the ball. It was a good balanced game for her.”
DALLAS WINGS PLAYERS
Forward Plenette Pierson
(On tonight’s game)
“I just tried to finish plays. My teammates got me in great position to score the basketball. I’m always a defensive player, so I’m always trying to do those little things, but I have to give credit to my teammates.”
(On the last shot in regulation)
“I was definitely upset that I missed that last shot, but things happen. We’re a great team in overtime. I feel like we really put ourselves on a different level. That’s what we did tonight. We just took off.”
Forward Karima Christmas
(On tonight’s game)
“Coach told us at the half that you can’t take this team lightly. We came out a little too lackadaisical. We let them get out in transition too much, and let them get too many free throws. We just had to fight back in the end and try to make it a game in overtime.”
(On Saturday’s game vs. Indiana)
“We have to have a good start like we did today, and just not come out in the second half like that. If we’re up, we have to keep our lead and work on the things that we want to do on defense first, and then our offense will come.”