Wings Win Home Opener Against Stars 82-77

Odyssey Sims had another great night, as the Dallas Wings defeated the San Antonio Stars 82-77 in a sellout inaugural home opener.

“It felt great,” said Sims, who scored 23 points for the night. “I was very excited to play tonight. It’s the home opener and I know that everyone was looking forward to it, especially me. I was really excited and I was happy to see my friends and family come to the game to support me and my teammates.”

The Wings kept the Stars to shooting just 40.3 percent from the field, taking their first victory at home as the new professional WNBA team in town. The Stars attempted to come back but the Wings kept them to within three late in the fourth period.

“The conversation was to be smart with the basketball,” said head coach Fred Williams. “I thought we were trying to do some tricky things out there. The main thing was to try to get the rim and get some post up situations. San Antonio had a few runs on us. I just told them to relax. They’ll come at you and foul. Get to the line and get your free throws.”

Sims led the team in all points, registering a season high of 23 points. She went 5-for-14 in field goals and was 11-for-12 in behind the free throw line. Karima Christmas scored 14 points, while Courtney Paris collected 15 boards, a season high. Aerial Powers also scored double figures with 12 points and Plenette Pierson 11 points.

All-Star guard Skylar Diggins also made her return in tonight’s game, playing 11:40.

“It was great to have her back,” said Sims. “She is still just trying to get back slowly but surely. She’s going to take her time. It was good to have her out there. She’s still thinking a lot, as you can see. But she is going to be fine. It was great to have her back, and I know she’ll pick it up. Once she gets back out there she will be fine.”

The Wings win tonight was in front of a sellout crowd with 7,275 in attendance.

The Dallas Wings are back in action next Friday, May 27 and Sunday, May 29. First up on the 27, are the Atlanta Dream, followed by the Chicago Sky on May 29. For tickets, go to www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.