Wings Fall In Close Battle To Liberty; 82-81

Arlington, TX – The Wings and Liberty battled it out this afternoon, taking the game down to the wire, with the Liberty taking the game 82-81. With seconds remaining in the final quarter, the Wings came from behind to pull themselves within one from the Liberty. Dallas was unable to hold on and win, after a miss basket with 2.9 second left in the game.

In the first quarter the Wings went on a 15-4 run to take a 19-17 lead, after being down by as much as nine early on. With 35 second remaining, Aerial Powers would find Theresa Plaisance open with the jump shot to give the Wings a two-point lead. The Liberty would come back and respond to end the first with a 21-21 tie.

In the second quarter, the Wings took command taking a 10-point lead with a little over three minutes left in the half. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Glory Johnson scored a combined total of 11 points in the quarter, to give the Wings the advantage and walk into the half up 40-34.

Coming out of the locker room, the Wings and Liberty continued battling it out, tying the game and changing leads eight times in the third. Diggins-Smith would continue her hot scoring, leading the team with six points, while the Liberty’s Bria Hartley brought in 13. The teams would end the quarter in another tie, leaving it to the fourth quarter to call the final game of the 2017 season.

Four Wings would end the day in double figures, with Johnson leading the way with 17. She also led in total rebounds with eight. Diggins-Smith scored a total of 16 points and four assists, co-leading with Courtney Paris in total dishes. Plaisance brought in 10 points, while Powers came off the bench strong recording 14. Paris led the bench defensively grabbing five total boards, four on the opposite side of the court.

The Wings end the 2017 regular season with a 16-18 overall record and seventh spot overall in league standings to earn their first playoff berth since moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The team awaits for who they will go up against in the first round of the WNBA 2017 playoffs.