ARLINGTON, TX- The Dallas Wings returned home to take on the Connecticut Sun, falling with a score of 86-83.
The Wings were down by five, when all-star guard Skylar Diggins was fouled at the 3-point arc, completing all three shots at the line to bring the Wings within two, 85-83. Connecticut’s Alex Bentley was then sent to the line after a foul was called on Odyssey Sims, to give the Sun the 86-83 win.
Glory Johnson led the night for the Wings scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. It was the first time this season, Johnson led the team in points and boards. Four other Dallas Wings scored double digits for the night. Aerial Powers scored 15, Odyssey Sims, recorded 13, while Courtney Paris and Karima Christmas both scored 12.
Alex Bentley led the night for the Sun with 24, while Alyssa Thomas recorded 17.
The Wings will host the Phoenix Mercury this Tuesday, July 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Tickets are still available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
•The Wings opened the game on a 14-5 run through the first 5:23 of the game. Four Wings starters scored in the run, led by Karima Christmas’s six.
•With 10 points in the first half alone, Glory Johnson hit double-digit points for the eighth straight game. She finished the night with a team-high 16. It is her first time leading the team in points this season. Johnson also grabbed 11 rebounds, marking her fourth double-double of the season.
•Six Wings players scored in double digits tonight, led by Johnson’s 16 (Powers- 15, Sims-13, Christmas- 12, Paris- 12, Diggins-11).
•As a team, the Wings shot .439 from the field tonight. It was the sixth straight game for the Wings to shoot over 40 percent.
(On tonight’s game)
“We build a lead in the first quarter, we got a little dry there when we made some substitutions and they were able to hit a couple threes that put them back in the game. They went on a big run on us when we didn’t hit anything in that second quarter. We fought back to get to halftime and make it close, then it was a nip and tuck battle all the way through the fourth quarter. We just didn’t get any breaks in the last two or three minutes. We had some plays inside that we’d thought we’d get something and they made some great defensive stops. Alex Bentley got a real hot hand in rhythm. She was a player that we had on scope that we didn’t want to let get loose in the fourth quarter. She played an excellent game with her pick-and-rolls and one-on-ones.”
(On Connecticut’s open shots)
“That was more in the second quarter. When you have a guard like Bentley shooting jumpers, you have to double her, and so you have to rotate on the backside and our posts didn’t get out there quick enough. They made 2 out of 7 shots from out there. It’s either let a hot-hand stay hot or have somebody else take Bentley’s shots and that was the strategy we had out there in the fourth quarter. We almost pulled it off. It’s like when Michael Jordan gets hot, you have to double him. Or when Curry gets hot, you have to double him. You have to leave somebody open, and it’s not going to be a hot hand, that’s for sure.”
Forward Aerial Powers
(On tonight’s game)
“We started off really great. I think we had a 13-point lead, maybe more. Our bench players have to be up and contribute. We can’t let them make a 27-point run and expect to win, but we’re still close. We have to play better as a team.”
(On tonight’s second quarter)
“We weren’t moving the ball around on offense. Defensively, they got some easy looks but (Alex) Bentley went off. When she starts scoring like that, we have to be better in one-on-one defense.”