Dallas Wings Lose Close Game In New York

The Dallas Wings shot 15, 3-pointers tonight, a team high as they took on the New York Liberty for the second time this season inside Madison Square Garden. The Wings fell in the final minute of the game with a score of 91-88.

The Wings were led by Karima Christmas, who went 6-for-9 from the field to lead the Wings with 21 points, 12 of them behind the 3-point line. Odyssey Sims also scored double figures with 19 points, shooting nine points from the 3-point arc.

All-star Guard Skylar Diggins started in tonight’s game for the first time this season. Diggins played over 20 minutes tonight, a season high.
The Wings took over the first quarter and led the majority of the time until Sugar Rodgers completed a three-point play behind the free-throw line after a foul was called on Aerial Powers. Dallas took command again and took the lead into the half 26-22.

During the second half, the Wings and Liberty continued to exchange leads. Late in the fourth quarter the Wings tied the game at 85 all when Karima Christmas hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night, but the Liberty came back and went up by four. Erin Phillips tightened their lead hitting a 3-point shot to put the Wings within one (89-88), before the Liberty found themselves behind the free throw line to solidify the 91-88 win.

Tina Charles led New York for the night scoring 28 points, followed by Sugar Rodgers who scored 19.

The Wings head back to Arlington, to take on the Seattle Storm, this Thursday. Tickets are still available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.

Dallas Wings Postgame Notes
*Tonight’s game marks the first time, the entire Wings team has been active.
*For the first time in four games, the Wings took over the first period shooting over 40 percent from the field.
*Odyssey Sims scored 13 points in the first half, is the most points scored by a Wing since Aerial Powers hit 12 last Saturday against Los Angeles Sparks.
*Karima Christmas has now scored double figures in nine of 10 games. The 21 points scored tonight against the Liberty is a season high.
*Karima Christmas went perfect behind the free throw line for the fifth game this season, shooting 5-for-5.
*Odyssey Sims hit a season high in 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 for the night
*Courtney Paris recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 boards and 13 points.
*Erin Phillips recorded three 3-point shots for the fourth time this season.
*The 15 made 3-pointers tonight by the Wings was one shy of a WNBA record
*The wings shot 41.1 % from the field and 44.1 % behind the 3-point line. That is the biggest percentage scored in five games.

Dallas Wings Quotes
Head Coach Fred Williams
On the pace in tonight’s game:
“It helps us a lot, because we are a team that likes to push the ball. The Liberty are a physical team. I thought they got a lot of 50-50 balls against us tonight, and they came out and scored against us on those 50-50 plays. I like the pace. I think it was a good pace. I’ve always been a coach who likes to have a team who is going to run and be aggressive going towards the boards.”

On the defensive intensity portrayed by both teams
“The Liberty close up the lane on you a lot and force you to take some kick out passes for 3-points. I think we probably shot 34% for the game overall, but we ended up shooting a higher percentage [44%] from the three point-line. They are really tough and aggressive that way, and we are the same. I think this is my first time having 12 players on the floor versus eight or seven players. We are starting to get acclimated with each other and I think that each game we are going to build on what we saw tonight.”

Karima Christmas
On defense:
“We focused on being physical and putting bodies on their big players, but we have to defend points in the paint. I think they had about 46 points in the paint. That’s a lot…too much. We have to find a way to make them miss those shots, or force them out, because you can’t win games with that many points in the paint.”

Odyssey Sims
On the 4th quarter:
“They took advantage of us with their second chance points, and we didn’t block out points when we really needed to. That hurt us.”

On Wings’ next encounter with the Liberty:
“We have to make other players beat us, instead of us fighting to beat them; and we have to block out Tina Charles. She’s a very great player, and it’s impossible for her to not score, but we have to limit Tina Charles as much as we can.”