Arlington, TX – The Dallas Wings will head out to face western conference opponents, the Seattle Storm and the Los Angeles Sparks this weekend in critical games as they continue their race to the playoffs.
The Wings are now 11-12 for the season, and stand seventh overall in the league standings.
IN THE HUNT
With the win over the Fever this past Tuesday, the Wings remain in the playoff hunt. The Wings have remained in the seventh spot in the league’s overall standings for over a week, which keeps them in contention. The Wings sit behind the Liberty with just two tenths of a point behind, and have an opportunity to move up the ranks with a New York loss and a win over Seattle.
The Wings returned to College Park Center following the All-Star break and hosting the Fever for the final time this season. In a battle to the finish, the Wings were able to surge through behind Skylar Diggins-Smith and Allisha Gray to take the win 84-82. The Wings scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, after being down 63-53 in the final quarter to record their 11th win. Gray scored 10 of the 31 points to end the night with 12 points. Diggins-Smith remained in stellar mode recording eight points in the latter part of the game, to finish with 21 points. Aerial Powers returned to action after being out since last season. Her sophomore debut came in true Powers form, as she came off the bench to score nine points. Also coming off the bench was Courtney Paris, who ended the night with 10 total rebounds to lead the team in total boards for the first time since coming off her injury.
ON THE ROAD
On the road, the Wings are 4-7, with wins in Phoenix on 5/14, San Antonio (5/25 & 6/23), and Washington on 6/18. In the eleven games played, the team is averaging 80.6 points per game. Skylar Diggins-Smith, Glory Johnson and Kaela Davis have had stellar performances on the road, all scoring 20 plus point games and taking the team to big wins. Rookie Kaela Davis kicked it off in the Wings season opener in Phoenix, scoring 20 points, being the only rookie in franchise history to score that many points in a season opener. Glory Johnson recorded 16 points in one quarter to end the game against Washington on 6/18 with 27 points. She became the first Wings player this season to score over 10 points in a quarter. Skylar Diggins-Smith rounds out the group. Against San Antonio on 6/23, she broke a franchise record with seven 3-point field goals made and ending the night with 30 points. It was the first 30-point game the veteran guard had scored since 6/28/15 in Seattle.
AGAINST THE WEST
When facing western conference opponents, the Wings are 5-6 this season, which includes sweeping the San Antonio Stars with a 3-0 record defeating Phoenix on the road, and taking a big win over the Los Angeles Sparks.
THE HEAT IS ON
With their 11-12 record, the Wings are currently amongst the top teams in the league at seventh place overall, and remain in the playoff hunt. For the month of July, the Wings have already surpassed their winning record since moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area at 3-4.
WATCH US WORK
Friday’s broadcast will be seen on FOX Sports Southwest NBA TV and league pass.