The Dallas Wings fell to the Chicago Sky 92-87 in the final game of their three-game home stand.
Odyssey Sims led the team in all points finishing the afternoon with 23 points. Three other Wings scored double figures. Karima Christmas totaled 14 points, as well as Jordan Hooper. Erin Phillips finished with 13, the most points she scored this season and Plenette Pierson finished with 10.
Chicago’s Cappie Pointdexter was the leading scorer for the Sky with 18 points. Elena Delle Donne scored 14 points.
The Sky led throughout the game and led as many as 18 points. The Wings led in the beginning of the first period after a three-point shot by Karima Christmas to give the Wings a five-point lead (16-11).
Forward Jordan Hooper recorded 14 points for the second night in a row, shooting 3-for-6 from the three-point arc.
Off the bench, Hooper is averaging 7.2 points per game and over 38 percent from the three-point land. She has averaged 20 minutes of play in the last two games.
The Dallas Wings will prepare this week before traveling to Minnesota to take on the Lynx next Saturday, June 4. The next home game will take place on June 8, when the Mystics come into Arlington. Tip-off is schedule for 7:30 pm.
Dallas Wings Post-Game Notes
– Odyssey Sims’ 17 first-half points were the most in a half by a Wings player this season, and her 23 tied a Wings season-high set by her vs. San Antonio.
– Sims also set a new team high for the season with 9 FGs made.
– This is the sixth-straight game for Odyssey Sims and Karima Christmas to score double-digits. They are the only Wings players to do so in every game this season.
– Jordan Hooper hit 4 three-pointers for the second-straight game.
– Dallas set a new team-high with 11 three-pointers. Previous high was 8 vs. Washington on 5/18
– Erin Phillips set a new season high with 13 points. Her previous high was 10 at Washington.
– Tonight’s attendance was 5,297 fans, bringing the total to 17,284 for the three-game home stand (5,761 average).
Head Coach Fred Williams
(On tonight’s game)
“(Chicago) made some plays. They’ve got big game players. I thought they moved the ball well on us and they made shots. We had opportunities to make shots and pull into the game and we just didn’t get the shots down. Defensively, our foot speed on the backside has got to pick up some. I told them that before the game and after the game. This is a team in Chicago that is pretty hungry for a win and playing on the road. We just have to step up and talk more on the back side of the defense.”
(On playing close)
“You look at the stats and you would think that we won the game. It tells us that our team has a lot of fight and a lot of grit in them. We’re still a fairly young team playing a lot of young players out there that are going to make some mistakes. When you play a veteran team like Chicago, which you have two Olympians, those players know how to take advantage of that early. All in all, we fought hard and played tough enough to have another victory shot. They made shots and we didn’t.
(On the team’s halftime conversation)
“We told them to wipe out the first half and let’s go out the second half and pick up our pressure. Do a lot more trapping, which you saw. That got us in the game. Just be more aggressive.”