Game Preview: Wings vs. Mystics

Dallas Wings (9-20) vs. Washington Mystics (10-17)

 

Date: Sunday, September 4

Time: 3:30 PM (CT)

Site: College Park Center

Television: TEXAS 47

 

Probable Starters

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

Mystics: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Emme Meesseman, Stefanie Dolson, Tayler Hill, Natasha Cloud

 

Storylines

The Washington Mystics come calling to Dallas for the second and final time this season on Sunday afternoon. Dallas and Washington have split the season series this year, each team winning on the road. Odyssey Sims dropped 22 points and Karima Christmas recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in an 87-77 win at Washington on May 18. Washington responded with an 87-79 win at the College Park Center on June 8.

Dallas averages 83.3 points per game (fifth in WNBA) while Washington averages 79.5 (eleventh). The Wings offensive attack is based on three-point shooting, leading the league in three-pointers made and attempted.

The Wings also score a bulk of points off second chances this season, averaging 15 second-chance points per game. In total Dallas has scored 434 of its league-high 2417 points off of second chances (18 percent).

The trio of Courtney Paris, Glory Johnson, and Karima Christmas have led the attack on the boards this season for the Wings, especially on the offensive side. Paris (2nd), Johnson (3rd), and Christmas (5th) all rank in the top five of the league in offensive rebounds per game. As a team, the Wings average 34.7 total rebounds per game and a league-high 11.6 on the offensive end.

The Wings trail the 10th-place Mystics by two games in the league standings. Washington is only a half-game out of playoff spot, while Dallas trails eighth-place Seattle by 2.5 games. Of the nine teams that have not clinched a playoff spot, the Wings have the fewest remaining games to close the gap. Following Sunday’s game, Dallas will travel to San Antonio on Friday before returning to Arlington for the home finale versus New York next Sunday. The Wings close the season with road games at Connecticut and Indiana over the following weekend.