Arlington, TX – The Dallas Wings will hit the road this afternoon to face the Minnesota Lynx for an early tip-off tomorrow at 12 noon in St. Paul. Minnesota leads the series at 2-0. Tomorrow afternoon’s game will be the final team the Wings will play against the Lynx in regular season play.
ON THE ROAD
The Wings will hit the road for a one game road trip to Minnesota and face the Lynx. On the road, the Wings are 4-6, with wins in Phoenix on 5/14, San Antonio (5/25 & 6/23), and Washington on 6/18. In the nine games played, the team is averaging 81.8 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
The Wings are currently 5-5 against western conference opponents this season. When playing the west at home they are 2-3, with a big victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on 6/9. When playing the western conference teams on the road the team is 3-2, with two wins against San Antonio and in Phoenix.
THE HEAT IS ON
With their 10-11 record, the Wings are currently amongst the top teams in the league at seventh place overall, and remain in the playoff hunt. In the last four games in June, the team won four straight, to end the month with a 5-6 record, matching the exact record they held last season walking into the month of July. So far this month, Wings have already recorded a better record at 2-3 than their record last season in July, where the team went 1-7.
Off the bench, the Wings reserves are coming off strong and assisting the team in total points scored, total rebounds and take aways. Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis have become a big threat when it comes to Wings reserves. In the 21 games played, they are averaging 7.9 points per game, while averaging 3.6 (Thornton) and 1.8 (Davis) total boards per game. After missing almost a month of action, Courtney Paris has come back and has come off the bench taking the court by storm. In her first game back, Paris saw a little over five minutes of play and recorded four points, five total rebounds and two assists. In the three games she has played in after coming back, she is averaging 4.3 points per game, along with 4.3 total rebounds.
The Wings are now 10-11 as they continue the second half of the season. In the league, they are ranked seventh and are in the playoff hunt as of today.
WATCH US WORK
Tomorrow’s broadcast will be seen on League Pass and FOX Sports GO.