Game Preview: Dallas Wings at New York Liberty

 

Dallas Wings (3-6) at New York Liberty (5-4)

Date: Tuesday, June 14th

Time: 6:00 PM (CDT)

Site: Madison Square Garden

Television: ESPN3, MSG

 

 

Probable Starters

Wings: Karima Christmas, Glory Johnson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Erin Phillips

Liberty: Tina Charles, Swin Cash, Carolyn Swords, Sugar Rodgers, Tanisha Wright

 

Storylines

The Wings travel to the Big Apple for the second time this season to take on Tina Charles and the New York Liberty. New York will make the trip west on September 11th for the final matchup of the season between the Wings and Liberty. In the first game, Dallas lost to New York 79-71 on May 15.

The Wings hit eight 3-pointers vs. Los Angeles last Saturday. It was the third time the Wings matched their season-high as a team in 2016. Dallas relies heavily on the 3-pointer, scoring a league-high 26.5 percent of their points from deep. Odyssey Sims’s 3 shots from behind the arc vs. the Sparks also tied a season-high for the guard.

Skylar Diggins returned to action on Saturday for the first time since the May 21st Wings home opener. Diggins played 18 minutes and scored 13 points on 3-6 shooting. The fourth-year guard, who missed most of last season with an ACL injury, provided a much-needed spark on defense with 3 steals.

Last week’s game vs. LA marked the return of forward Glory Johnson to the Dallas starting lineup. Her last start came for the Tulsa Shock on August 15, 2014 at Atlanta. The Sims-Phillips-Paris-Christmas-Johnson lineup is the third different starting five used by the Wings this season.

Johnson became only the third Wings player to lead the team in rebounding this season, grabbing six boards on Saturday night. Center Courtney Paris, tied for second in the league with 9.6 rebounds per game, has led the team six times this season while forward Karima Christmas has led the team in rebounding twice.

Last week, New York forward Swin Cash announced that she will retire at the conclusion of the 2016 WNBA season after 15 years in the league. Cash ranks sixth in WNBA history with 494 games played and is 14th all-time with 4,991 points. Cash played for the Detroit Shock franchise from 2002 to 2007.

 

Wings Head Coach Fred Williams on the upcoming New York game

“The Liberty are well-balanced with an inside game and scorers. With the addition of Swin Cash, they have more veteran leadership on the frontline. They are a team that plays well. We need to come out with a good pace in the first quarter, and play off that pace through the whole game.”