Dallas Wings (9-10) vs. Atlanta Dream (9-9)
Date: Friday, July 8
Time: 7:30 PM (CDT)
Site: Phillips Arena
Television: Fox Sports Southwest+
Wings: Karima Christmas, Glory Johnson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Skylar Diggins
Dream: Layshia Clarendon, Tiffany Hayes, Angel McCoughtry, Sancho Lyttle, Elizabeth Williams
The Wings and Dream face off for the second time this season. It’s the first of two games for the Wings in Atlanta in the next two weeks. Dallas will return to ATL on July 22 for the final game before the WNBA’s Olympic break.
Rookie Aerial Powers led the Wings with 16 points and Jordan Hooper went 4-7 from behind the arc, both coming off of the bench, but the Wings fell in the previous matchup to the Dream 102-93 at the College Park Center on May 27.
Both teams enter the game fighting for playoff positioning early in the second half of the season. Dallas, with a 9-10 record, stands at sixth in league standings, while Atlanta’s 9-9 record puts the Dream one spot ahead at fifth.
Both the Wings and Dream score often from the free throw line. Both teams draw the most fouls per game in the league (Atlanta- 22.94, Dallas-22.63) and both rank in the top three in percentage of points off free throws (Atlanta- 25.4%, Dallas- 23.9%) and free throw attempt rate* (Atlanta- .400, Dallas- .366).
The Wings are coming off of a 77-74 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night. Glory Johnson had a monster game, scoring 23 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. It is the first 20-20 game in the WNBA for the 2016 season, and a league-high in rebounds for a single game this season.
Johnson recorded her second straight double-double, and fifth of the season, on Tuesday night. She ties center Courtney Paris for most double-doubles by a Wings player this year.
Johnson’s 22 rebounds constituted nearly half of the teams’ 46 total vs. Phoenix. It was the third time the Wings have reached the 40-rebound mark in a game this season, and the most boards in a regulation game this season. The Wings grabbed 49 rebounds in the triple-overtime win at Phoenix on June 18.
What The Wings Are Saying About Friday Night’s Game
Head Coach Fred Williams
“Atlanta is a tough team that is very athletic. They can get to the free throw line a lot and we have to continue penetrating drives to the rim. I think we’ll have to run out and play some transition basketball.”