ARLINGTON, TX-Veteran Plenette Pierson shot 50% from the field, scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the night as the Wings fell in a thrilling overtime match against the Lynx 98-97.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Wings were down by as much as 11, and tied the game with 2:34 left, when Skylar Diggins found Plenette Pierson open for the 3-point shot to make it 86 all. The Wings found themselves down again, and tied it up again with six seconds remaining on the clock, when Odyssey Sims was fouled behind the 3-point arc, completing all three shots, to put the game into overtime.
Four Wings players scored double figures for the night. Karima Christmas recorded 20 points and seven boards, Diggins scored 18, Odyssey Sims hit 15 points, while Aerial Powers got 11.
Leading the Lynx was Maya Moore who scored 20 points, while Rebekkah Brunson, scored 16 points with 10 rebounds.
Dallas hosts Connecticut next on Wednesday, July 20, for Camp Day. Tickets are available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
>Dallas and Minnesota combined for 105 points in the first half (55-50 Minnesota). It was the most combined points in the first half of a Wings game this season.
>Dallas shot .453 from the field today, the first time the team has hit the 40 percent mark since July 2nd vs. Connecticut (four games).
>The Wings set a new season high with 24 assists. Dallas previously dished out 20 assists vs. Washington on June 6.
>The Wings starting lineup of Diggins, Sims, Christmas, Pierson, and Paris combined for 80 points this afternoon. It is the sixth time that head coach Fred Williams has used this lineup, including tonight the Wings are 4-2 in those games.
>Skylar Diggins set a new individual season high and tied a team high with 4 steals today. Diggins also set a new individual season high with 9 assists. With 18 points, Diggins scored double-digits for the seventh time this season.
>Karima Christmas hit double-digit points for a team-high 19th time this season with 20 points. Christmas went 2-4 from deep, knocking one down with 1:21 left in overtime to give the Wings a 97-94 advantage.
>Plenette Pierson set a new individual season-high with five 3-pointers. The forward in her 14th season shot 5-8 from deep tonight on the way to scoring 21.
>Rookie Aerial Powers hit the double-digit points mark for the first time in four games with 11 points tonight. Powers also grabbed 4 boards and dished out 3 assists.
>Odyssey Sims hit three free throws with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 89 and send the contest to overtime. Sims shot 5-5 from the line tonight in her 15 point effort, adding 4 assists and 3 steals.
>Tonight’s attendance was announced at 5,752. It is the third-highest attendance total at the College Park Center this season.
DALLAS WING POST GAME QUOTES
DALLAS WINGS HEAD COACH FRED WILLIAMS
(On Plenette Pierson)
“I’ve asked her to play three different situations in this game. That was at the 2-guard, the small forward and the 4 spot. She did double duty. I thought in the second half she really had to lock up defensively guarding Rebekkah Brunson and Maya Moore. I thought her outside shooting has really improved all season.”
(On going with Aerial Powers in the final play)
“It was an offensive play and Powers had been very on point for us, especially getting us back in the game. Courtney was utilized on the defensive end. There are certain times in the game when you want your offensive selection in and down by 2, you want to at least get it in one of your scorer’s hands. She tried to make a play but got jammed up on it. I was proud of the team and how we played. I thought we played up to our potential tonight. We can keep building on it.”
“Those five rebounds in that overtime helped Minnesota. We shot a high percentage for a long time and there were no rebounds to be had, no second chance points for us. When you get Rebekkah Brunson and Sylvia Fowles in there, they are going to get some boards for you.”
WINGS FORWARD PLENETTE PIERSON
(On missing Glory Johnson)
“Glory’s presence is huge for us. She has got an unlimited amount of energy when going to the glass and that tenacious way she plays and attacks the basket. The way she plays is definitely missed by this team.”
(On tonight’s national anthem singer Officer William Lain)
“We all want to stand strong. We want to stand strong for each and every one of us. He’s bound to protect and serve us, and we just want to let him know we appreciate that.
It was an amazing rendition. It definitely sent chills through all of us.”
WINGS FORWARD KARIMA CHRISTMAS
(On closing out games)
“We just have to get stops at the end of the game. Through so many games we are right there. We just have to buckle down and execute ourselves. That’s something that we need to focus on. We had a loose balls that came up towards the end. It’s just about buckling down towards the end and getting those few stops when you need them.”