Wings Look To Clinch As They Take On The Sky

Chicago, IL – The Dallas Wings continue their east coast trip as they prepare to take on the Chicago Sky tonight. Tip-off is set for 7 pm CT. With a win tonight the Wings solidify a playoff spot for the first time since moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
IN THE HUNT
With win against the Mystics on Saturday, and the Storm losing to the Mercury Sunday night, the Wings have placed themselves in a good playoff hunt for the 2017 WNBA Playoffs. The Team sits seventh, just a game behind the Mercury. The Wings technically need to win one more game to solidify a playoff spot.
AGAINST THE EAST
The Dallas Wings remaining four games will all be against the East. When facing eastern conference opponents, the Wings are 7-8 this season, taking wins over Indiana (twice), Washington, Connecticut, Chicago and Atlanta (twice). Four of the wins occurred at College Park Center. The 7-8 mark ranks as the best record overall, under the Wings name against eastern conference opponents. The seven wins beats last year’s total wins against the East, which was three. Last season, the Wings ended the year with a 3-12 record against the East.
THE HEAT IS ON
With their 15-17 record, the Wings are currently amongst the top teams in the league at seventh place overall, and remain in the playoff hunt. The 15 wins ranks as the best record since moving to the DFW area. The team has already surpassed their winning record of last season, which was 11.
REACH FOR THE SKY
Skylar Diggins-Smith has been instrumental this season. Diggins-Smith has recorded back-to-back 20-point games, to push her up the ranks in league leaders. With the 18.3 points per game, she sits eighth overall in league leaders and remains in the top five at fourth in total assists leaders averaging 5.8 per game. On 6/23, she recorded her first 30-point game of the season leading the Wings to their seventh victory of the season. The last 30-point game she recorded was on 6/28/15, when she scored 31 points against Seattle. The 30 points scored is four points shy of her career high which also took place against San Antonio on 7/22/14. For six straight games, she has recorded 20 points or more, and has led the team in total assists in 22 games. This season, the all-star guard is averaging 5.1 points more per game than in 2016. She is also dishing out 2.4 more assists per game than in 2016, and 0.8 more than in her career. Has grabbed more boards this year with 107, 21 more than she has grabbed in previous seasons
Lifted her rebound per game average grabbing 1.7 more boards per game. Reached the 2000-point mark against the Dream on 8/19 and is now at 2052 points overall in her career. Was awarded Player of the Week for the week of June 26, and named to her third All-Star game this season.
WATCH US WORK
Tomorrow night’s broadcast will be seen on UToo and the WNBA’s League Pass.