Game Preview: Wings at Stars

Dallas Wings (9-21) at San Antonio Stars (6-23)

Date: Friday, September 9

Time: 7:00 PM (CT)

Site: AT&T Center

Television: League Pass

 

Probable Starters

Wings: Karima Christmas, Plenette Pierson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Skylar Diggins

Stars: Monique Currie, Astou Ndour, Jayne Appel-Marinelli, Jazmon Gwathmey, Moriah Jefferson

Storylines

The Wings and the Stars face off in the battle of Texas’s two WNBA teams. Dallas beat San Antonio on May 21 this year in the Wings’ inaugural game in the DFW area. The Stars returned to the College Park Center on June 23 as four of the Wings’ starters (Christmas, Pierson, Diggins, and Sims) combined for 76 of the team’s 97 points in the 97-90 win.

Dallas averages 83.3 points per game this season, the fifth-most in the WNBA. San Antonio ranks last in the league, averaging 72.0. The Wings’ offensive attack revolves around the 3-point shot. Dallas has scored 26 percent of its points off of 3-pointers and leads the league in both 3-pointers made and attempted.

In the five games since returning from the Olympic break, guard Odyssey Sims is scoring 15.4 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field, building on her overall season averages of 14.7 ppg on 36 percent shooting. Sims hit the 20-point mark twice in that span, dropping 22 versus Chicago on August 28 and 26 vs. Los Angeles on September 2.

Friday night will be a battle of the rookies, with the Wings’ Aerial Powers facing off with San Antonio’s Moriah Jefferson. Powers ranks third in scoring among league rookies with 10.2 points per game while Jefferson averages 12.5 (2nd). Both also rank high among rookies in assists, with Jefferson averaging 4.1 per game (1st) and Powers dishing out 1.1 per game (4th).

What the Wings are saying…

Head Coach Fred Williams- “We need to play much tougher defense. We’ll have to contain Moriah Jefferson, who is really one of the marquee players for them. Curry at the wing spot can do some damage, but for us, we really have to step it up defensively.”

Wings guard Karima Christmas- “We can’t take San Antonio lightly. They’ve been playing very strong. They’ve been playing close to a lot of the great teams in this league. You can’t underestimate how they will come out to the game. We just have to focus on the things we need to do like executing down the stretch.”

Wings guard Erin Phillips- “We’ve got to take some pride in our game. Our playoffs hopes are still alive, so we just have to play with a sense of urgency.”