Wings Fall To Chicago Sky 92-85

After starting the second half on the road, the Wings returned home to take on the Chicago Sky falling by a score of 92-85.
In an exciting fourth quarter, the Wings found themselves down by as much as 16 points. With 2:39 left in the game, 14-year veteran Plenette Pierson hit the layup and got the Wings going on a 5-0 run, scoring five of the 10 points, finishing the day with a total of 11 points and six assists.

Forward Jordan Hooper and guard Skylar Diggins also contributed to the run to pull the Wings within six. Hooper hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead by eight, while Diggins hit the jump shot to get the Wings within six. With 15.1 second left, Hooper sunk in another three pulling the Wings within five. Chicago hit two free throws after a foul was called on Hooper to end the game with a seven-point edge.

Guard Odyssey Sims recorded 22 points, leading the team for the afternoon. The Irving, TX, native was hot behind 3-point land going 4-for-8, and finished the day shooting 40% from the field with five assists.

Skylar Diggins ended the day with 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists. She went 6-for-13 from the field and shot 50% from the 3-point arc.

Rookie Aerial Powers finished the day scoring 13 points, and the led the team boards with eight.

Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne led the day for the Sky scoring 18 points, while Courtney Vandersloot registered 15 points.

The Wings go back on the road to face Seattle this Wednesday, before coming back to Arlington to take on the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday, September 2. To purchase tickets for next Friday’s game, fans can go to www.dallaswingsbasketball.com

Dallas Wings Team Notes
•The Wings biggest deficit of the night came at the 6:10 mark of the second quarter when the Sky led 40-16 (24 points). Dallas brought it down to 13 by halftime (50-37), led by Aerial Powers’ nine points in that span. Skylar Diggins layup at the 7:35 mark of the 3rd quarter brought the lead down to 7 (56-49), finishing off a 33-16 run by the Wings.
•The Wings second run of the night started at the 3:06 mark of the fourth quarter, outscoring Chicago 10-0 over the next 2:48 to bring it to 88-82. Jordan Hooper came off the bench to hit two from behind the arc to spark the run.

Dallas Wings Player Notes
•Guard Odyssey Sims scored 22 tonight on 8-20 shooting. It is the fifth time that the 3rd-year guard has reached 20 points in a game this season
•Rookie Aerial Powers scored nine points in the second quarter as part of a 21-10 Wings run at the end of the half. Her 13 points were her most in a game since July 5 versus Phoenix (17, season-high 20 at Minnesota on June 4).
•Plenette Pierson dished out a personal season-high six assists to lead the team in assists for the second time in three games.
•Powers also set a new individual season high with eight rebounds. It is also the first time that Powers has led the team in rebounding for a game.
•With 14 points tonight, Skylar Diggins scored in double-digits for the 11th time in 20 games this season. Diggins has also dished out multiple assists in all but two games this season. The fourth-year guard had 3 assists tonight.

DALLAS WING POSTGAME QUOTES
WINGS HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
(On tonight’s game)
“I felt they really jumped on us in the first quarter. In the other quarters, we really battled and only lost by a few points there. Those young ladies really hung in there and tried to get the possessions we needed in the end. They could have hung their hats at about the five-minute mark, but they kept chipping away. Cappie Pondexter and Elena Delle Donne both got on fire. Our team just has to continue to play hard and build each other up. That’s all we can do is keep fighting.”

(On the slow first quarter start)
“There were a lot of missed shots. We didn’t get the tips like they did with the second-chance opportunities. When you don’t make those early and they get run outs on you and that can get you on your heels. I called a couple timeouts to settle us down and get that margin down into single digits.

“A bad shot for me is an air ball. As long as it hits that rim, there is an opportunity. I thought it was just the error that we didn’t make the shots. We had some second-chance shots that didn’t go. They got on the boards on us and got some run-outs early. They just made their shots more so than we did.”

(On the team’s sense of urgency)
“We still have a chance. I told the young ladies that as long as that window is open then we are going to continue to climb through that window and push ourselves in. It’s going to take one possession at a time. The urgency is that you can’t overly do it early or you’ll find yourself down by 30 or 40. You just have to continue as a team, as a unit, and as a group. We’ve had some injuries that we are still catching up with, and we have a young team. They are still learning how to battle and how to be a playoff team.”

FORWARD PLENETTE PIERSON 11 POINTS, 6 ASSISTS
(On tonight’s game)
“It was a tough one. We had some moments in the game where we played really stellar and we had some moments in the game where we were complacent and not really playing like us. We lost by 7 points and that just shows how relentless we are as a team.”

(On tonight’s first quarter)
“They made some adjustments. We were playing hard but they made some adjustments watching us play Phoenix and came out with a real serious game plan for us. We had to make adjustments ourselves to even compete.”

GUARD ODYSSEY SIMS 22 POINTS, 5 ASSISTS
(On her 22 points tonight)
“I was just trying to play aggressively. It’s getting desperate right now so everything counts.”

(On the playoff push)
“We have to find a way to get some wins. That’s the biggest thing.”

GUARD AERIAL POWERS 13 POINTS, 8 REBOUNDS
(On her finger injury)
“I had dislocated it. We’ll get an x-ray tomorrow.”

(On her play after the injury)
“I think it made me kind of mad that I did that and it made me focus some more.”