Arlington, TX – The Dallas Wings will start the month of July facing the Seattle Storm in front of a home crowd. The Wings are coming off a hot June, winning their last four games, to end the month with a 5-6 record. Seattle is currently on a three-game road trip, with the final stop taking place in Arlington.
FACING THE STORM
The Wings will tip-off the month of July against the Storm. It marks as the 45th time in franchise history that both teams will face each other. Overall, the Storm lead the series 18-26. At home, the Wings hold a winning record at 11-10.
On their home court, the Wings are 4-4 with big wins over the Fever, Sparks and Sun. Against the Fever on 5/30 the Wings took their first win of the 2017 season at College Park Center 89-62. It was the Wings largest margin of victory of 27 points with an 89-62 win. Karima Christmas-Kelly led the team tonight in points, breaking a career and season high with 27. She scored 19 points in the first-half to break the high. Christmas-Kelly went 10-for-14 from the field. It was also the third straight game this season she has scored double figured. The 10 field goals made also marked as a career high. At home, the Wings are averaging 87.0 points per game.
THE HEAT IS ON
The Wings are heading into July on one of their hottest streaks this season. The team has won four straight, ending the month of June with a 5-6 record, matching the exact record they held last season walking into the month of July. The four straight wins also matches the exact winning streak the team held in their inaugural season here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In the month of June the team played 11 games, the most played in a month this season.
THE BIG 3-0
Skylar Diggins-Smith recorded her first 30-point game of the season on 6/23 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.
Glory Johnson recorded her sixth double-double of the season this past Wednesday afternoon with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Against Washington on 6/18, Glory Johnson had a monumental game, scoring 16 points in the third quarter and ending the afternoon with 27, a new season high. The 16 points was also the most she has scored in a quarter this season. Her highest double-double came against LA when she hit 24 points and 12 rebounds, leading the way for the Wings to defeat the 2016 WNBA Champions on 6/9. In the fourth quarter, she recorded 10 of the 24 points, the most she has recorded in a quarter this season. She hit her first double-double in the Wings’ season opener with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She remains in the top five amongst league leaders in boards at fourth. This season she is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game with a total of 130.
Theresa Plaisance’s 2017 season is soaring high. The 6-5 forward has started in 13 games this season, breaking a season high in points twice this season, with the most recent occurring in San Antonio socring 19 points. This season, Plaisance has doubled her averages in nine categories this season, out averaging her previous career highs. In points she is averaging 9.3 points per game, compared to last year’s 4.0 points per game. She is also seeing more time on the court, averaging 21.6 minutes per game, compared the 11.8 minutes she was averaging in 2016 and 8.2 minutes per game in 2015. Her highest rank is in field goal percentage, where she is shooting at a .938 percentage, going 15-for-16 from the line. It ranks as the second highest in her overall career behind her 100% field goal shooting in her rookie season (2014). Overall this season, Plaisance has played in all 16 games, with 13 starts, and is averaging 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on top of her points and minutes. Against Connecticut on 6/25 she hit a career high in blocks recording three and leading the team in stops for that game.
WATCH US WORK
Saturday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.