LOS ANGELES- Skylar Diggins scored a season high of 29 points, as the Dallas Wings took on the Los Angeles Sparks inside the Staples Center, falling 89-84.
Diggins registered 17 points in the first half to lead the Wings to a 53-34 halftime score. It was the most points scored by a Dallas Wing in the first half. She ended the night with a season high of 7 assists, shooting 12-of-17 from the field.
The Wings led until 7:09 in the fourth quarter, 68-67. The Sparks outscored the Wings 55-31 in the second half to take the win.
Veteran Plenette Pierson scored the second highest points tonight, with 13, while Karima Christmas and Glory Johnson recorded 12. Also hitting double figures, was Center Courtney Paris with 10.
Candace Parker led the night for the Sparks with 31, while Essence Carson scored 17.
The Wings continue their west coast trip, heading to Seattle next to take on the Storm, Thursday June 30. Following the Storm, the Wings return home to host the Connecticut Sun on July 2. Tickets are still available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
•Skylar Diggins 17 first half points is a season high for the all-star guard. She also registered 7 assists, a season high.
•Diggins 29 points scored tonight. is a season high is only five shy of tying her overall career high of points scored in a game.
•The 53 points scored in the first half is the most the Wings has scored this season in a half.
•The Dallas Wings walked into the half with a 19-point lead, the biggest lead for the team this season against any opponent.
•Going into the first half, the Wings shot 61.1 percent from the field, a new high for the team.
DALLAS WINGS HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
Team mentality entering the game…
“We need to come out and play hard showing what we were working towards. In
the first half we were building the lead and that helped the Sparks defensively
turn it up in the second half on us. Then we got one shot and we were done, they
ran out on us. Candace Parker turned up her game a lot, she got a lot of open
looks for herself and looks going to the basket.”
Biggest adjustment from the Sparks…
“The toughest challenge was getting in the rhythm of the offense, pretty much
pounding the ball, too much dribbling, and then we weren’t moving the ball as
crisply like we were in the second half. We would shoot a shot and let them run
out on us.”
WINGS FORWARD GLORY JOHNSON
Overall thoughts on tonight’s game…
“I thought tonight was definitely the start that we needed. I thought we came out
there and played the way we needed to start the game, which is normally a
struggle for us. Second half is normally our thing, third quarter and fourth quarter
are what we are really good at but I think we really slacked off on defense, we
struggled to guard the pick-and-roll which is usually not common for us so just
slowly but surely we’re going to figure that out.”
Difference between other games and tonight’s game?
“Sparks came out ready to play second half, I can’t really say the same for us, I
think we were struggling in small categories here and there which was affecting
us on offense and defense. If they scored it affected us and we weren’t really
focused on the next play. Either way they came out a lot stronger than we did
and that is unusual for us.”
DALLAS WINGS GUARD SKYLAR DIGGINS
On Sparks comeback…
“ You have to credit [the Sparks] tonight, it was an emotional game and obviously
was emotional for Candace [Parker]. She really played like one of the best
players in the league tonight. ”
Improvement going forward…
“We have to put together a forty minute game. I thought we let little things add up
such as outside defense. We haven’t been able to do that this whole season.
There are no excuses, we just have to look at film and make the adjustments and
get ready for Seattle who is another tough team.”