Dallas Wings (7-9) at Seattle Storm(6-9)
Date: Thursday, June 30
Time: 9:00 PM (CDT)
Site: Key Arena
Television: WNBA League Pass
Wings: Karima Christmas, Plenette Pierson, Courtney Paris, Erin Phillips, Skylar Diggins
Storm: Alysha Clark, Breanna Stewart, Crystal Langhorne, Jewell Loyd, Sue Bird
The Wings continue their west coast road trip with their first of two visits to Seattle to take on Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and the Storm. Following Tuesday night’s loss in Los Angeles, Dallas stands at 7-9 and in sixth place in the WNBA. Seattle has won two straight, but remain top spots behind the Wings in league standings with a 6-9 record.
Dallas beat Seattle 88-79 in the Storm’s only trip to the College Park Center earlier this season. The Wings went 11-of-15 from the field in the third quarter, outscoring the Storm 31-19 to erase a 38-36 Seattle halftime lead. Six Wings players shot 50 percent or higher from the field for the game, setting a then-season high .524 team shooting percentage.
Skylar Diggins made her first home start of the season vs. Seattle on June 16th (also started in the previous game at New York). In Diggins starts this season, the Wings average 96 points per game and shoot .447 from the field, versus 80 ppg and .387 in games she does not start.
With 12 points vs. Los Angeles on Tuesday, Wings forward Karima Christmas has scored double-figures in 14 of 16 games this season. Christmas is tied for second on the team with 3 double-doubles and is one of five players to score in every appearance this season (Diggins, Odyssey Sims, Glory Johnson, and Plenette Pierson).
The Wings average 17 second chance points per game, aided by Courtney Paris (3.1-1st) and Karima Christmas (2.8-2nd) who lead the league in offensive rebounds per game. As a team, the Wings average 12 offensive rebounds per game, also first in the league.
The Wings return home to face off with the Connecticut Sun on Saturday at the College Park Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PM. It is First Responders Appreciation Night presented by American Fidelity. There will also be a rally towel giveaway.
What the Wings are saying about Thursday night’s game…
Head Coach Fred Williams- “The main thing is playing hard and shooting the ball well, and playing some good defense on the other end. Seattle has made some improvements scoring-wise, especially at home. They have improved, just like we have. We have improved also. We just want to keep building on what we’ve been doing, and that’s playing competitive basketball.”
Assistant coach Ed Baldwin- “It’s a tough place to play. Seattle is probably one of the toughest venues to play in. We just have to do what we do- we run, we communicate on the floor. That team has gotten better and they get better every week because they are a young team. They are talented. Defensively, we just need to know their sets, because they run a lot of sets. Again, if we play like we’re supposed to play, we’ll have a chance to win.
Guard Erin Phillips- “It’s always tough to play in Seattle. They have a great home court. They have a great crowd, so we have to have a great start to try to take the crowd and emotion out of it.”
Guard Brianna Kiesel- “Seattle is a young team where everyone is getting touches. We just have to go there in both and battle. We just have to play hard and play our game.”