Arlington, TX – After an exciting comeback win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday, the Dallas Wings will finish their three game home series, hosting the Minnesota Lynx. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
On Friday, the Wings scored their biggest comeback of the season, to defeat the LA Sparks at home and improve their home court record at 2-2.
VERSUS THE LYNX
Today’s matchup marks the second time the Wings and Lynx will meet in Arlington for the 2017 season. It also marks as the final showdown between the two teams on the Wings home court. Their next game will take place in Minnesota. Last game, the Wings and Lynx went down to the wire, with the Wings falling short 89-87. Skylar Diggins-Smith recorded season highs with 22 points and eight assists. Rookie guard Allisha Gray also hit a season high scoring 15 points, while Glory Johnson led in boards with seven.
With the win against the Sparks, the Wings rank third overall in the league in points per game. In nine games the team has accumulated 762 points overall, with an average of 84.6 points per game.
The Wings scored 55 points in the second half to defeat the Sparks. It was the most points scored in a half by the team this season. Glory Johnson recorded 10 of those points alone in the fourth quarter, to lead the team to a comeback victory.
Glory Johnson has remained in her groove from last season. In the nine games played, she has recorded three double-doubles, with the most recent one occurring against the Los Angeles Sparks on 6/9. Johnson hit 24 points and 12 rebounds, leading the way for the Wings to defeat the 2016 WNBA Champions. In the fourth quarter, she recorded 10 of the 24 points, the most she has recorded in a quarter this season. She hit her first double-double in the Wings’ season opener with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She remains in the top five amongst league leaders in boards at fourth. This season she is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game with a total of 82.
The Dynamic duo of Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray marks as the most successful rookie campaign in the WNBA this season. Currently they are ranked as the two top scorers in the league for all rookies. Combined, the two are averaging 21.0 points per game. Together they rank one and two in scoring average, and minutes amongst rookie leaders.
Allisha Gray currently leads all rookies in the league averaging 12.1 points per game. She registered a season high of 17 points against San Antonio, shooting 66.0 % from the field. She also leads in boards amongst rookies averaging 4.9 per game. She recorded a season high vs. Indiana on May 30 with a total of nine. With six blocks overall this season, Gray leads all rookies in rebounds and blocks. In boards she is averaging 4.6 per game, and in stops 0.67. Amongst rookie leaders, she currently ranks in the top five in five other categories (assists, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and steals). For the team, she ranks in the top five in scoring, behind veterans Skylar Diggins-Smith, Glory Johnson and Karima Christmas-Kelly. Was named WNBA rookie of the month for May.
Kaela Davis is ranked second amongst rookie leaders in scoring and minutes behind teammate Gray. She is averaging 8.9 points per game, and 21.1 minutes per game. She scored her first 20-point WNBA game at the Wings season opener against Phoenix, to become the first rookie to hit the mark in franchise history. Davis is second in field goal percentage behind the Sparks Sydney Wiese with a .429 percentage. She is also second amongst rookies in free throw percentage behind Washington’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. Currently she ranks in the top five in two other categories amongst rookie leaders (rebounds and assists).
Saniya Chong is also taking the rookie categories by force. Currently she ranks second in steals averaging 1.1 take away per game behind San Antonio’s Kelsey Plum. She’s also ranked in the top five amongst rookies in assists (1.8 avg), and blocks (0.2 avg).
WATCH US WORK
Today’s game will be televised on the team’s broadcast partner FOX Sports Southwest, being shown on FSSW+.
The Wings will be honoring basketball legend, Nancy Lieberman this afternoon. Lieberman served as head coach for the Detroit Shock, where the team originated from and was an icon for women’s basketball. A special ceremony will take place to honor her tributes to the game of basketball and Dallas-Fort Worth community. For tickets to this special day, fans can visit dallaswings.com and type in the code NANCYLDW17 to purchase $10 tickets.