The Dallas Wings took on the Minnesota Lynx inside the Target Center, finishing with a score of 80-63. The Wings played without guard Erin Phillips, who did not make the trip due to a minor head injury. She is day-to-day.
Rookie Aerial Powers led the team in scoring. The 6-foot forward hit a career high of 20 points. Powers went 3-for-9 behind the arc. Before the half, Powers shot behind the arc to pull the Wings within five. She came later in the fourth period and hit another three to decrease the Lynx lead to seven.
Dallas held the Lynx’s leading scorer Maya Moore to just 13 points for the night. Moore was averaging 22.3 points per game.
Plenette Pierson and Karima Christmas also hit double figures. Pierson scored 11 points, while Christmas recorded 15 points along with three blocks.
The Wings will head back to Dallas for a two-game homestand, where they will host the Washington Mystics on June 8 and the Los Angeles Sparks on June 11. Tickets are still available for both games and can be purchased at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
*Aerial Powers scored a career high of 20 points
*This is the second straight game Aerial Powers has hit double figures
*Karima Christmas hit a season high with 15 points
*This is the seventh-straight game for Karima Christmas to score double-digits
*Karima Christmas registered a season high in blocks, with three.
Dallas Wings Head Coach, Fred Williams
On how Minnesota shut down Dallas on defense in fourth quarter…
“Unforced Turnovers. We just got careless with the ball. They were able to score some baskets off of our turnovers. You know I thought the score didn’t dictate on how close the game was until the last four minutes of the game. Our players played hard and we’re playing through some injuries and a little short-handed, but the young ladies really gave a great effort tonight”
On the ability to play Minnesota close every time they play each other…
“Just being determined to just come out and play. I think anytime we put a team on the floor, we want them to give it their all until the final buzzer and [Minnesota’s] players know each other a lot. I think I’m about two players away from having a complete roster situation and in the meantime, we have to play through one of the best teams in the league. If not the best team in the league.”
Dallas Wings Players Quotes
Center Ruth Hamblin
On the difficulties of playing the Lynx…
“They’re very long and athletic. They’re best at every position, so they are very hard to play against. But, I also think we have talented players and match up with them.”
On playing against Sylvia Fowles for the first time in her WNBA career…
“It’s really cool. There’s a lot to learn from her and she’s a very skilled player and has had a lot of experience. You are learning the most when you play against them.”
Forward Aerial Powers
On how tough it is to play against the Lynx’s defense…
“They play a zone-like defense and they are very long almost at every spot. So, their height and length alone makes their defense a little tougher than most people’s.”
On being to stay close with Minnesota…
“We did a really good job of doing our assignment up until the fourth quarter. I feel like we played them tough. We sustained their runs and we made our own runs. We just couldn’t finish it out in the fourth quarter.”