ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings are on their way to take on the Minnesota Lynx as part of a nine day road trip. Tomorrow night’s match-up will be the first time both teams will face each other for the 2018 season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Target Center and will be televised on Fox Sports North and the WNBA’s league pass.
AGAINST THE LYNX
Wednesday night’s matchup will mark as the 53rd meeting between the Wings and the Lynx. Overall, the Lynx own the series, 39-13. In 2017 the Wings went 0-3 against the Lynx, losing two games at home and one in Minnesota. In the final meeting last season, Sylvia Fowles led all scorers with 24 points and added 12 rebounds, while Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 23 points in a 100-74 Minnesota win.
The Wings hit the road for a nine day road trip that will start in Minnesota against the defending WNBA champion Lynx. The team will then travel east for a rematch with the Atlanta Dream and up to New York for a tilt against the Liberty before heading home for a June 2 contest against the Seattle Storm.
For the second straight game, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage led the way for the Wings. The pair each scored over 20 points against the Dream, combining for 46 points. The duo is dominating through two games and both players find themselves ranked in the top 10 in the WNBA in scoring – the highest scoring duo in the league at 20.5 points per game. In 2017, no teammates in the WNBA averaged over 20 points per game. Diggins-Smith and Cambage will look to continue this pace as the highest scoring duo in the league.
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, Oi Oi Oi!
Liz Cambage continued her dominance in her return to the WNBA, scoring a season-high 21 points and adding nine rebounds against the Atlanta Dream. The game marked her second of the season where she came up one rebound short of a double-double. The 2011 WNBA All-Star blocked four shots in just her second WNBA game since 2013, and she currently ranks first in the league with four blocks per contest. The Australinan sensation ranks seventh in the league both points (19.5) and rebounds (9.0).
Skylar Diggins-Smith led the Wings in scoring for the second consecutive game, recording a season-high 25 points against the Atlanta Dream. The five-year veteran’s 21.5 points per game ranks third in the WNBA, while her 5.5 assists per contest are good for seventh in the league. Diggins-Smith, a 2017 First-Team All-WNBA selection, ranks in the top three for the Wings in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes per game.
KARIM(A) THE DREAM
Veteran Karima Christmas-Kelly recorded her first double-double since the 2016 season against the Atlanta Dream, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. She cleaned up the glass, snatching five offensive boards to go with five defensive boards. Christmas-Kelly led the Wings as she made 11 free throws in 14 attempts, both of which are 2018 league bests.
Kaela Davis continued her second-unit dominance by leading the team and dishing out a career-high five assists against the Atlanta Dream. The All-Rookie selection from a season ago picked up where she left off in the first game, leading the team in points off the bench for a second straight contest. Her 15 points off the bench were tied for the third most in the game against Atlanta. The second-year guard has dominated off the bench and become a bright spark early in the Wings season. Currently she ranks in the top 20 in scoring, joining Diggins-Smith and Cambage.
DALLAS WINGS BLOCK PARTY
With 10 blocks against the Atlanta Dream, the Wings tied the WNBA season high for most team blocks in a single game. The block party is led by 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage, who swatted a team-high four shots against the Dream and ranks first in the WNBA with 3.0 blocks per game. Six-foot-six rookie forward Azurá Stevens ranks second on the team and second among rookies with 1.5 blocks per game.