Wings Fall to the Sun 89-78

ARLINGTON, TX-The Dallas Wings hosted their final home game before the Olympic break falling to the Connecticut Sun, 89-78.

Odyssey Sims led the team in scoring with 20 points for the day, the fourth time she has recorded 20 points or more for the season. Courtney Paris recorded her sixth double-double for the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Plenette Pierson brought in 12 points.

The Wings trailed the Sun the entire game, finishing .384 percent from the field and .889 behind the free throw line.

Chiney Ogwumike led the Suns with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Jasmine Thomas scored 20 points.

The Wings head to Atlanta next to take on the Dream this Friday, July 22. Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm CT.

>With her jumper at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter, Plenette Pierson moved into 28th on the WNBA all-time scoring list. The 14-year veteran passed former Detroit Shock teammate Deanna Nolan. Pierson has now scored 3980 points in her career
>Courtney Paris set a new individual season high with 14 points today. Paris also recorded her sixth double-double of the season and first since June 30 at Seattle.
>The Wings’ nine turnovers today was the lowest total of the season for the team. It is the first time this season that the team has turned it over less than 10 times
>Odyssey Sims recorded 20 points and eight assists, while only turning the ball over twice. It was the third-year guard’s best assist-to-turnover ratio since June 21 vs. Phoenix when Sims dished out nine assists and one turnover. Sims led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, but the first time since June 16 vs. Seattle.
>Three Wings players shot higher than 45 percent from the field. Erin Phillips (.667), Courtney Paris (.500), and Odyssey Sims (.467) as the Wings finished shooting .384 as a team.
>Guard Tiffany Bias checked into the game at 4:22 mark of the third quarter. Dallas signed the third-year guard to a seven-day contract on Monday. It was her first WNBA action since game two of last season’s Western Conference semifinals when she suited up for the Phoenix Mercury vs. the Tulsa Shock. Bias got her first points as a Dallas Wing when she hit a 3-pointer with 1:01 left in the game.

(On tonight’s game)
“Connecticut did a fine job in their transition game. They got some points off of our turnovers. We didn’t really shoot the ball well, especially during that first half. We cut the lead down in the second half but we just didn’t secure the ball. They scored and got the lead back up again. With us, we’ll just keep battling on and try to get the chemistry right. This is a young team we’ve just got to keep together.”

(On falling out of playoff position)
“We just have to keep playing. One or two games will put you right back in the playoffs. For us, there is another half of the season to go and we still have a game to play in Atlanta. There have been a lot of games that could have gone either way. They were very close for us. Throughout all the injuries and combination of players we’ve had on the floor, we just have to keep going and keep building. Defensively, we have to get a little tougher.”

(On tonight’s game)
“There is always a level of frustration after every loss. We’re playing against the best night-in and night-out. For us, we just have to take more pride in our defense. It’s no secret what it is. Transition defense, half-court defense, we just have to take more pride in that. That is something that I’m sure will be discussed tomorrow in film when we go back and look at the tape. And now we have a tough team ahead of us in Atlanta. Today it made it seem like we were on break already. But you have to credit Connecticut, they came out and were ready to play from the beginning with a 7-0 run. We have to start better and be better on defense. Hindsight is 20-20. We’ll look at the film and get ready for another tough team in Atlanta. They play well at home, just beat LA, and have a lot of confidence.”

(On the upcoming Olympic break)
“I think it is a good time to take some time and get away, but also come back and figure out what we need to do. We’ll work on things that are hard to work on in the season. Individually and as a team, we’ll regroup and pull ourselves together.