Dallas Wings Fall Short To Indiana Fever

ARLINGTON, TX- The Dallas Wings finished a three game home stand taking on the Indiana Fever, falling to a close game, 92-87.

Karima Christmas led the night tying a season high of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Odyssey Sims and Glory Johnson, also scored double figures tonight. Sims, scored 18 for the third straight time this season, while Johnson recorded 15 with eight rebounds.

Erlana Larkins led the night for the Fever scoring 19, with Tamika Catchings, Erica Wheeler and Briann January tallied 15.

The Wings head west this coming week to take on the LA Sparks and Seattle Storm, before returning home to host the Connecticut Sun on July 2. Tickets are still available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.

Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
•Indiana snaps the Wings four-game winning streak. Over the course of the winning streak, Dallas averaged 100.5 points per game and shot .455 from the field and .341 from behind the arc. Tonight the Wings shot .435/.313.
•Through the last five games, Odyssey Sims is shooting .478 from the field while averaging 17.8 points per game. In the first 10 games of the season, Sims shot .307 while averaging 17.5. Dallas is 4-3 this season when the guard shoots 40 percent or better, and 3-5 when under.
•Karima Christmas notched her third double-double of the season tonight with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Christmas has scored double figures in 13 games this season.
•With 21 and 12, Christmas becomes the first Wings player to lead the team in both points and rebounds in a single game.
•Forward Theresa Plaisance played 12:41 tonight, her highest minute total since playing 13:39 at Washington on May 18. Plaisance missed five of the Wings 11 games in that time with an ankle injury.
•With 13 points in the first half, both Odyssey Sims and Karima Christmas tied a Wings season high for scoring in the first half.

Indiana Fever Post Game Notes
•Erlana Larkins registered a career-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. She also finished with a team-high 7 rebounds.
•Erica Wheeler entered the starting lineup and responded with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Wheeler, Tamika Catchings and Briann January all finished with 15 points.
•Indiana’s 52 points in the first half matched its highest-scoring first half of the season (52 vs. Atlanta, 5/20) and its second-highest scoring half overall.
•The Fever took a 5-3 lead with 1:40 gone in the opening quarter and never trailed again.
•The game was Indiana’s fourth road game in a month-long stretch with 8 of 10 games on the road.
•Catchings’ 3-pointer just 61 seconds into the contest tied her with Kara Lawson (584) for seventh place in WNBA history.
•Ending the Wings’ four-game win streak, Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.

Post-Game Quotes
WINGS HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
(On tonight’s loss)
“I thought the Fever came out and played a very physical game. They got a lot of post touches on us with their inside game. I just think that in our rotation, we didn’t match their physicality on the back side with Larkins and some of their post players early. That enabled them to gain a lead. I felt with us, we had a lot of opportunities. Several layups, open jumpers, and it just didn’t fall our way tonight. I told the unit that I had in the six minute mark, to rotate hard on defense, get your runouts, and make plays. I thought they did that, we just didn’t make the big plays for us in the last minute and 20 seconds.”

(On the Wings defense)
“We closed out pretty tough on them. Indiana made one extra pass in the rotation, and it gave them either a contested shot or an open look. They’re pretty much one of the best teams in the league to make five or six passes in this offense they run. We rotated pretty well but it was at the end where they got us with some backbreaking layups with their post players. Their gaurds are quick, and I just thought our energy level wasn’t that high around the perimeter. For us to go on the road now, we have to step that up.”

Dallas Wings Players
Forward Glory Johnson
(On her starting tonight’s game)
“I think we’re trying to change things up and see what happens with different people in the lineup. I don’t think anything is too permanent when things come to me, but I think they are trying to shake things up a little bit. I want to start off strong with a lot of energy. I try to bring a lot of energy, so that’s what we tried. Indiana has a very nice defensive team and they are good at moving the ball. They help a lot on defense. We struggled with the pick and rolls, but I have to give it to them. Their help side defense was amazing.”

Forward Karima Christmas
(On upcoming roadtrip)
“LA is a great team and they just came off of a huge win in Minnesota, so I know they are going to be ready for us. We’re going to try to come out and be ready for them. We didn’t really play too well when they came here. We’ll try to go on the road and buckle down, and be more aggressive on defense because they have an awesome pick and roll scheme just like Indiana.”

(On her offensive game tonight)
“I just try to be aggressive. I just try to see what the game is giving me and not really force too many things. Down the stretch I missed some layups that I really wanted to go down, but I just try to be aggressive at all times and give my all for the team.”