Game Preview: Wings vs. Sky

Dallas Wings (9-17) vs. Chicago Sky (12-13)

Date: Sunday, August 28

Time: 3:30 PM (CT)

Site: College Park Center

Television: TEXAS47

 

Probable Starters

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

Sky: Courtney Vandersloot, Cappie Pondexter, Delena Delle Donne, Tamera Young, Imani Boyette

 

Storylines

Last season’s WNBA MVP Elena Della Donne leads the Chicago Sky into Arlington for the second time this season and the final of three regular season games between the Wings and Sky. Dallas outscored Chicago 40-36 in the second half on May 29, but fell to the Sky 92-87 at home. In the second matchup, Plenette Pierson led the way with 20 points, but Chicago’s home court advantage was too much for the Wings in the 84-77 loss.

Despite the Wings’ 9-17 record, there are still five teams at or below .500 in the playoff standings. With eight games remaining, only the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, and New York Liberty have clinched a playoff spot. The other nine teams are all still alive in the playoff hunt.

On Friday night in Phoenix, Plenette Pierson led the Wings in both scoring and rebounding for the second time this season. Her 23 points put her at 4,018 for her career, becoming the 28th player in WNBA history to pass the 4,000-career point mark. She also passed Ashja Jones to move into 27th all-time in WNBA scoring.

Pierson has led the Wings in scoring six times this season. Only Odyssey Sims (7) has done it more. The 14-year veteran forward is averaging 12.3 points per game this year.

Sunday’s game is a matchup between two top five offenses in the WNBA. Dallas ranks fifth in the league averaging 84.1 PPG, while Chicago is fourth with 84.8 PPG. In the battle of the boards, the Wings rank first as a team in offensive rebounds per game, while Chicago is the third-best defensive rebounding team.