ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings will host the Chicago Sky tonight, as they continue their three-game home stretch for the week. Tonight’s contest is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
Tonight the Dallas Wings will hold their Hoops for Troops night sponsored by American Fidelity. The team will honor all vets, first responders and those who previously served. The first 2,500 fans who enter will receive Dallas Wings thunder stix.
AGAINST THE SKY
Tonight the Wings and Sky will meet for the first time this season. Overall the Sky own the series 20-13. Last season, the Wings went 2-1 against them, winning one game at home and one in Chicago, which solidified a playoff spot for the team. The Wings will host the Sky twice this year and head to the windy city on July 20.
HOME SWEET HOME
In their seven home games, the Wings are averaging 84.7 points per game and boast a 4-3 record. The team finished the 2017 season with an 11-7 home record and look to improve on that in 2018. The Wings will play two more home games against the Chicago Sky on July 3 and the Indiana Fever on July 5. This is the first matchup of the season against Chicago and the second matchup of the season against Indiana. In the first meeting against Indiana, the Wings earned an 89-83 victory behind Skylar Diggins-Smith’s career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds.
WHERE WE STAND
The Wings are currently eighth in the WNBA standings with a 7-8 record, including 4-3 at home. Since moving to Dallas, the Wings have never finished above seventh in the final standings. In their inaugural season, the Wings finished 11th in the league before improving to seventh in the 2017 season. The Wings are looking to record their first winning season since moving to the DFW area. The Wings are currently in line to make the playoffs for the second straight season.
AGAINST THE WEST
The Wings are 4-7 against the Western Conference, with wins against the Storm, the Aces and the Sparks. The Wings lost the opening game of the season to the Mercury and fell to the 2017 WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx on the road. Against the Storm, the Wings were led by Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage who combined for 52 points in a 94-90 win. In their most recent victory, the Wings beat the Aces 97-91 with the dynamic duo of Cambage and Diggins-Smith combining for 48 points. The Wings wrapped up an 8-game stretch against Western Conference foes, finishing the stretch with a 3-5 record. Last season, the Wings were 7-9 against the West, including 4-4 in College Park Center.
D-FENCE! D-FENCE! D-FENCE!
The Wings currently are third in the league in opponents’ field goal percentage. Their stingy defense is holding opponents to just 42 percent from the field. In addition to the field goal percentages, the Wings are forcing over 13 turnovers per game, while ranking second in the league in blocks with just under five blocks per game. The Wings are also third in the league in defensive rebounding, grabbing over 27 defensive rebounds per game. Last season, the Wings defense was ranked near the bottom of the league. This season the Wings bolster a quality defense thanks to added height in the paint.