THE GRAND DEBUT
Tonight’s game is the grand debut for the Wings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Wings (formerly known as the Tulsa Shock), moved to the big city after a five year stint in Tulsa. The grand announcement for the move of the team occurred in November of last year. Since the announcement, the team has been at work acquiring eight year veteran Erin Phillips from the Los Angeles Sparks and extending Skylar Diggins contract to 2019. In the 2016 WNBA draft, the team selected 6-0 forward, Aerial Powers of MIchigan State in the first round and 6-6 center Ruth Hamblin of Oregon State. The Wings represent the first WNBA team to hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The last professional women’s team was back in the 80’s, the Dallas Diamonds.
Odyssey Sims dropped a season-high 22 points and Karima Christmas notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in Washington on Wednesday night. The duo has combined for 86 points in the first three games and are both rank in the top 10 of scoring for the league.
THE FIRST W
The 90-79 win at Indiana is the first W for the franchise as the Dallas Wings. It was also the first season-opening victory since the 2008 season when the organization was based in Detroit. The 85-66 win vs. the Comets started off a 22-12 season for the Shock that ended with a WNBA championship.