Uncasville, CT– Forward Theresa Plaisance started in her second game of the season and shattered a career-high scoring 23 points for the night, as the Wings fell to the Sun 107-74.
The Wings led throughout the first half, with the Sun tying the game three times, before taking the lead, to go up at halftime, 54-41.
Dallas ended the night shooting 84.2 percent at the free throw line. Skylar Diggins shot 83.3 percent going 5-for-6, while Tiffany Bias shot a perfect 100 percent going 4-for-4.
Theresa Plaisance’s milestone night led the way for the Wings. In the first quarter she scored 12 points, the most she has scored in her career in one period. She blazed through the entire game, ending the night, shooting 60 percent from the field, going 9-for-15, 4-for-7 from 3-point land, for a total of 22 points. She was also one rebound shy of breaking her career in total rebounds with six. The six boards recorded tonight, were a season high.
Karima Christmas and Skylar Diggins also registered double figures, both scoring 12 points tonight. The 12 points marks as the 24th time Christmas has scored double figures this season, while Diggins points are the fourth straight game she has scored double digits and 16th time this year. Christmas also registered four steals to break her season high.
The Wings will play their final game of the 2016 regular season this Sunday when they take on the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The game will be featured on ESPN 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 pm CT.
DALLAS WING POSTGAME QUOTES
HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
On the impressive performance by Connecticut
“They shot the ball well and the players off the bench did a great job. Courtney Williams hit a few jumpers to get it started and they really pounded the boards and got some second effort rebounds.”
On the task of winning a game is hard when seven players score in double figures
“They were just in a rhythm and in the first quarter it was a back and forth battle and their bench came in and did a great job.”
On what Connecticut did well besides making shots
“Rebounding, they were very physical on the boards and being shorthanded with pieces that I didn’t have in (Aerial) Powers and (Plenette) Pierson that kind of hurt.”
On the performance of Theresa Plaisance, who had a career-high 22 points in her second career start
“She shot the ball well and was very physical in the first half. She has always been that player that can set the pick and pop shot. I was proud of her.”
THERESA PLAISANCE 22 POINTS 6 REBOUNDS
On when she learned she would get the start
“I found out this morning at shoot around and we found out we were going to be two players down and we needed someone to step up. My number got called and I did what I had to do for my team.”
On the way Connecticut shot the ball
“They shot phenomenal and they were crashing the boards really hard. They were doing a great job all-around of getting their teammates open and taking open shots and some contested shots were falling too and when you have a night like that, it’s hard to stop.”
SKYLAR DIGGINS 12 POINTS 5 ASSISTS
On Connecticut’s shooting performance
“You have to credit a team when they shoot the ball like that from one to everyone available. I thought the bench players did really well coming in and scoring and they used their aggressiveness against us. They were the attackers and we were the reactors. It’s a 30 point smack so there is not much you can take out of that game, for us, we need to bring a little more toughness into Indiana on Sunday. I know we are not playing for anything, but as professionals, we need to show up and that starts with leadership and that starts with me.”
On the balance Connecticut had with seven players in double figures
“They are a very young team and they share the ball well, they move it and they are gelling with each other. If you had ten more games, maybe they are a playoff team, you just have to give them credit.”