The Dallas Wings returned to College Park Center to host the Washington Mystics with a score falling with a score of 87-79.
Rookie Aerial Powers led the team in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points for the night.
Three Wings players also scored double figures for the night. Glory Johnson returned to the court to score a season high of 15 points, Karima Christmas scored 13, to make it the eighth straight game to hit double digits. She also recorded 10 rebounds for the night. Jordan Hooper also scored double figures with 10 points.
Leading the night for the Mystics was Emma Meeseman, scoring 23 and Tayler Hill with 14 points.
The Wings tied the game twice throughout the night and shot 76.0% behind the free throw line.
Up next for Dallas are the Los Angeles Sparks on June 11. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
-Erin Phillips started the game with a three pointer. It is the third game this season she has started with a shot behind the arc.
-Karima Christmas notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds (first was at Washington on 5/18). She is the only Wings player to score double digits in every game this season.
-Christmas also led the Wings in rebounding for the second time this season. She had the team high at Washington on 5/18 with 10. Ten rebounds also ties a career high for Christmas, her third time to reach the total.
-Rookie Aerial Powers led the team in scoring for the second straight game. The forward from Michigan State shot 6-7 from the field and drained all 4 of her free throw attempts for 17 points after dropping 20 at Minnesota.
-Odyssey Sims set a new season high with 8 assists in only the first half. She finished with 9 total. Her previous high was 5 vs. Atlanta on 5/27. She had a career high of 10 on 6/28/14 vs. Los Angeles.
-Jordan Hooper scored double-digit points for the third time in four games. She is averaging exactly 10 points over her last four games (14/14/2/10).
-Glory Johnson subbed into the game at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter. It was her first appearance with the Dallas Wings after sitting out a seven-game suspension.
Dallas Wings Head Coach, Fred Williams
(On tonight’s game)
“Washington hit a lot of open shots. I thought they executed getting to the rim and kicking out for shots. They shot the three well. We just have to pick it up a little more on the defensive end.”
(On Glory Johnson’s return)
“I thought for her first game back, she was aggressive on the boards defensively and offensively. She helped stabilize our bench scoring. It’s a good sign to have a player like her back on the roster, to help with the scoring.
“I didn’t expect a lot of minutes. She got Pierson’s minutes with her being out. Glory is in great shape. She has been practicing with us all along. She can play a 25-35 minute ballgame. She has kind of exploded and shown that today. Her energy level and excitement being on the floor; she really has to maintain that more and have more balance. I thought she played well.”
(On stopping a losing streak)
“We just need to play well. Washington just beat Atlanta in Atlanta. They got some players back with Ivory Latta and Ruffin-Pratt. I knew they would come in here and have shooters, and that’s what they did tonight. They shot the ball well from outside.”
Dallas Wings Players Quotes
Wings Forward Glory Johnson
(On her first game back)
“It feels great to be back. Just being with my teammates and having the opportunity to play on the home court and feel all the energy from the fans is great. It’s always great playing the in the College Park Center with my teammates. It’s a whole new feel for everything and I’m excited to be back.
“I don’t think there was too much rust. I still practice with my teammates every day. It’s just being in the game atmosphere that rushes the nerves. Hopefully I got it out this game. There were a couple terrible shots that I shot, but my teammates kept talking to me and they kept telling me to push and make plays.”
(On staying focused)
“My teammates talked to me. When you’re playing as hard as you can play and you’re getting called for technical fouls, it’s very frustrating. My teammates talked to me and calmed me down and told me to focus on the next play.”
Wings Forward Aerial Powers
(On tonight’s game)
“I’m just sad about losing. We’re in a losing streak right now and to be on one at home kind of sucks. I’m just thinking about what we need to do to get back on a winning streak.”
(On Glory Johnson’s return)
“It felt good to see here out there. You could tell it helped our team tremendously, especially with our rebounding and running the floor. I’m happy to have her back and it’s going to be good when she starts going.”