Game Preview: Dallas Wings (3-4) vs. Washington Mystics (3-6)
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 7:30 PM (CDT)
Site: College Park Center (Arlington, TX)
Wings- Karima Christmas, Plenette Pierson, Courtney Paris, Odyssey Sims, Erin Phillips
Mystics- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Emma Meesseman, Stefanie Dolson, Tayler Hill, Bria Hartley
The Wings return home after a weekend trip to Minnesota. Dallas lost to the defending-champion Lynx 80-63 on Saturday night. Rookie Aerial Powers had another breakout night, leading the team in scoring with 20 points and dishing out three assists.
Odyssey Sims struggled from the field on Saturday night, but remains in the top-10 of league scoring (no. 9) with 16.4 points per game. The third-year guard made an impact on the defensive end of the floor vs. the Lynx, registering her first block of the season along with two steals.
Courtney Paris has held down the number two spot of league rebounders with a 10.9 per game average. The seventh-year center out of the University of Oklahoma also stands at third in total rebounds with 76.
This game will match up two of the league’s top three-point shooting teams. The Wings lead the league with 25 percent of their points coming off of three-pointers and average 6.9 three-pointers made per game, also a league high. The Mystics score 23 percent of their points off of 3’s, and lead the league in total three-pointers made with 54 in nine games this season.
Dallas also registers second in the league with 26 percent of its points off of free throws. Wings opponents rank second in personal fouls per game and Odyssey Sims leads the league in both free throws made per game (6.3) and free throws attempted per game (7.1).
What the Wings are saying about Wednesday night’s game…
Head Coach Fred Williams- “Washington has improved over the last few games. Emma Meesseman has really started to show her post presence inside. They got Ivory Latta back, who they didn’t have last time. She has shown a lot of outside shooting. Defensively they have gotten better.
“For us, we’ve become better competitors. We’re creating more opportunities for shots at victories. We’re a little shorthanded with injuries, but I thought this team has played well the first seven games of the season.”
Assistant Head Coach Ed Baldwin- “When we played Washington the last time, they were without a lot of parts. They were without guards Ivory Latta and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. They add to their basketball team, so we are going to have to make sure we are focused on that. They make a big difference on their team. For us. We’ve got to score in transition and limit the amount of points in the paint, and I think we’ll be ok.”
Forward Jordan Hooper- “They’ve improved their togetherness and their teamwork, and a lot of other little things since the last time we played them. They’ve gotten a lot better defensively. We’re definitely going to have to sharpen up our offense. Rebounding is something that we have to improve anyway, but they are pretty good at that.”
Center Ruth Hamblin- “I think they have a lot of momentum. Obviously with having Ivory Latta back, they have a lot more shooters and outside game. They attack the rim and get a lot of plays off that too.”