Game Preview: Wings vs. Stars
San Antonio Stars (2-10) at Dallas Wings (6-7)
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 7:30 PM (CDT)
Site: College Park Center
Television: Fox Sports Southwest
Wings: Karima Christmas, Glory Johnson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Skylar Diggins
Mercury: Jayne Appel-Marinelli, Dearica Hamby, Monique Currie, Kayla McBride, Moriah Jefferson
Dallas is coming off of back-to-back wins over the Phoenix Mercury. The Wings are on a three game win streak dating back to last Thursday. On Tuesday, Dallas outscored Phoenix 100-90 at home while shooting 53 percent from the field, a new season high.
After leading the team with 27 points in the triple overtime win at Phoenix last Saturday, Skylar Diggins dropped a team-high 20 vs. Phoenix at home Tuesday. Diggins is averaging 14 points and
Five Wings players scored in double-digits for the second straight game, led by Diggins’s 27. Diggins, Plenette Pierson (18), and Glory Johnson (15) reached individual highs in scoring for the season.
Since her return from a seven-game suspension to start the season, forward Glory Johnson is coming off back-to-back double-doubles and is averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in six games.
Dallas has become the “Golden State Warriors” of the WNBA, with a league-leading 27.4 percent of its points coming off of 3-pointers. The Wings have connected on 34% of their 3-pointers (4th in the WNBA), but lead the league in 3-poitners made (102) and 3-pointers attempted (300).
The Wings are in the middle of a stretch of three home games in five days. Dallas is 3-4 this season at the College Park Center, but have won two straight (vs. Seattle and vs. Phoenix). The Wings wrap up the home stand vs. Tamika Catchings and Indiana Fever on Saturday night at 7:30. The Wings follow that with a west coast trip to Los Angeles and Seattle before returning home for a July 2 tilt vs. Connecticut.
What the Wings are saying about Thursday night’s game…
Head Coach Fred Williams- “I think they have improved a lot in their transition game. They’re on the floor getting some baskets early. Jefferson is playing well and really scoring from the outside more. McBride has always been one of the tough scorers that we have to defend.”
Assistant coach Bridget Pettis- “They are starting to gel a little bit better, from what I have seen of them. Their rookie point gaud is doing really well. We have to keep our intensity high and take advantage of being at home.”
Center Courtney Paris- “San Antonio is doing a good job. They have a young team but they are building together. Of all the games they’ve played, they’ve lost a few but it’s been close. We have to come out and start out tough and play all the way through with them.”
Forward Jordan Hooper- “I think their transition game has improved a lot, as has their defense. They’ve come together as a team lately. They’ve been playing together for quite a few years, so I think that has helped them as well.”
Guard Erin Phillips- “Definitely Jefferson has been more aggressive. She is scoring more. McBride has played some really solid games. A couple games ago, she had a big one in Connecticut. We’ve got to lock people down and keep our momentum going at the same time.”