ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings will hit the road for the first time this month to go up against the Indiana Fever tomorrow at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT and can be seen via the WNBA’s league pass.
AGAINST THE FEVER
Tomorrow night’s matchup will mark as the 55th meeting between the Wings and the Fever. Overall, the Fever lead the series, 30-24 and a 7-19 record on their home court. In 2017 the Wings went 2-1 against the Fever, winning both their meetings in Dallas and losing their only game in Indiana. Skylar Diggins-Smith led the way for the Wings in the 84-82 win over Indiana a season ago, scoring 21 points and adding four assists. Allisha Gray added 12 points in the win.
HITTING THE ROAD
The Wings will hit the road for their fifth road game of the season. Away from their home digs, the team is 1-3. Their feat in another venue, came on May 26, when the team traveled to Atlanta and took their second win of the season against the eastern conference opponent, 78-70. Liz Cambage posted her biggest game of the season so far in New York. The 6-8 center tied a career high in points with 28, while grabbing a new season high of 16 boards. It was Cambage’s third double-double of the season.
AGAINST THE EAST
The Wings are 2-1 against the Eastern Conference, including 2-0 against the Atlanta Dream. The only loss came against the New York Liberty. The Wings are averaging 89.3 points per game against the East, scoring a season-high 101 points in their home opener against the Dream. The 2-1 start against the East is the best start since they started 4-0 against the East in 2015.
D-FENCE! D-FENCE! D-FENCE!
The Wings are currently second in the league in opponents’ field goal percentage. Their stingy defense is holding opponents to just 39.6 percent from the field. They are also in the top half of the league in opponents three-point percentage and opponents free throw percentage. The Wings are also forcing nearly 13 turnovers per game, while leading the league in blocks.
DALLAS WINGS BLOCK PARTY
The Wings continue to top the league in blocks, swatting 41 total blocks in just six games. With 12 blocks against the Atlanta Dream, the Wings set a franchise record and the WNBA season high for most team blocks in a single game. The block party was led by 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage, who swatted a team-high four shots against the Dream and ranks first in the WNBA with 2.7 blocks per game. Skylar Diggins-Smith tallied three blocks against the Dream and ranks second on the team with 1.2 blocks per game. Rookie Azurá Stevens is second among rookies with one blocks per contest. Kayla Thornton also ranks in the top-20 in the league in blocks per game.
BEASTS ON THE BOARDS
The Wings currently rank second in the WNBA in total rebounds and defensive rebounds. Liz Cambage leads the way, averaging 11.2 rebounds per game – second best in the league. Cambage recorded a season-high 16 rebound performance and her third straight double-double against the Dream. Cambage also set the WNBA single game high with 13 defensive rebounds against the Dream on 5/26. The outstanding performance from Cambage against the Dream helped the Wings set the WNBA single game high with 39 defensive rebounds against Atlanta. Karima Christmas-Kelly is averaging 5.5 boards per game, while Kayla Thornton is averaging five rebounds for the second-best rebounding team. Azurá Stevens ranks sixth among rookies and fourth on the Wings with 3.8 rebounds per game.
BUCKETS ON BUCKETS
The Wings are currently ranked third in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 84.7 points per game. The Wings highest scoring game came on opening night, when the team scored a 100+ points to defeat the Dream. In the six games played, the Wings have maintained 70-plus points games throughout, keeping opponents to an 82.3 point per game average.
Against the Storm, the Wings scored a season-high 48 points in the paint. Diggins-Smith and Cambage lead the Wings, averaging 21 and 20 points per game respectively. Their 41 points per game make them the second-highest scoring duo in the league and on the roster.