Dallas Wings (9-12) vs. Chicago Sky (8-12)
Date: Friday, July 15
Time: 7:30 PM (CDT)
Site: Allstate Arena
Television: WNBA League Pass
Wings: Karima Christmas, Plenette Pierson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Skylar Diggins
Dream: Elena Delle Donne, Cheyenne Parker, Imani Boyette, Jamierra Faulkner, Tamera Young
The Wings head to Chicago with a 9-12 record and a sixth place spot in the league standings. The Chicago Sky are one spot out of playoff position at ninth with an 8-12 record. Dallas has a 4-6 record on the road this season while Chicago is 5-5 at home.
The Wings and Sky have played once this season, a 92-87 Sky win at the College Park Center on May 29th. Odyssey Sims dropped 23 points and Karima Christmas dished out six assists in the effort. The Sky return to Arlington on Sunday, August 28 in the first home game following the Olympic break.
The Sky are one of the highest-volume scoring teams in the league, ranking first in both field goals attempt (71.5) and made (32.9) per game this season. Both the Wings and Sky rank in the top 5 of the league in points per game (Dallas- 4th at 84.5, Chicago- 5th at 84.3).
Sky forward Elena Delle-Donne was voted the league’s MVP in 2015 and is second in league scoring this season, averaging 22.2 points per game. Odyssey Sims is the Wings’ leading scorer with 14.8 points per game.
This will be the second game for the Wings without forward Glory Johnson after she suffered a foot injury in Atlanta on July 8th. Before the injury, Johnson had been on a rebounding tear, averaging 14.8 rebounds per game in the previous four games including a league-high of 22 vs. Phoenix on July 5th.
The Wings are one of the top rebounding teams in the league, averaging 35.7 per game (3rd in WNBA) and 12.3 offensive boards per game (1st in WNBA). Dallas grabs a league-high 32.5 percent of available rebounds on the offensive end of the floor.
What the Wings are saying
Head Coach Fred Williams- “Chicago is a well-balanced team with size and strength having Delle Donne in the middle and Cappie Pondexter on the perimeter area. We’ll have to really stay focused defensively.
We had a shot against Atlanta, and Minnesota on a back-to-back is a tough match. I think our players learned something in both games. I felt like we showed a lot of fight in both games last weekend, and we’ll need that again this weekend.”
Assistant coach Ed Baldwin- “The Sky like to get up and down. They score a lot of points. Their defense is their offense and they want to outscore you. They have a lot of players that can score so we will have to buckle down on the defensive end, and then move the ball and attack them.”
Forward Plenette Pierson- “We’ve been watching a lot of film on ourselves. We’ve felt it’s important to build ourselves and our identity on defense. Great players are going to score, great players are going to do great things, great teams are going to do great things and we are striving to be one of those greats. We’re just watching a lot of film and focusing on what we do and what we need to do to be better.”
Forward Karima Christmas- “We’ll need our transition defense against the Sky. They have got a lot of transition points. We have to limit them in points in the paint too. We have to go in with the mindset of limiting them to outside shots and not getting to the paint as easy as they did last time.”