ARLINGTON, TX- Glory Johnson hit a career high of 22 rebounds, leading the Dallas Wings to their third straight win over the Phoenix Mercury, 77-74. Tonight’s win also marks the 99th victory for head coach Fred Williams. He is now one-win shy of 100 wins as a head coach in the WNBA.
Johnson started strong early in the game, registering 12 boards in the first half, the most rebounds recorded by a Dallas Wing this season. The forward out of Tennessee finished the night with 23 points and 22 rebounds. The 23 points registered were a season high and the 22 boards is a new career high.
The Mercury got to within one late in the fourth, after Diana Taurasi, went to the line for two, but the Wings defense held on to take their ninth win of the season and third straight over Phoenix. Forward Aerial Powers sealed the win at the line after a foul was called on Taurasi.
Leading the night for the Mercury was Taurasi with 22 points, while Brittany Griner ended the night with 13.
The Wings are on a three game road trip, starting with back-to-back games against Atlanta, July 8 and Minnesota July 9. They will then travel to Chicago on July 15 to go up against the Chicago Sky.
Dallas will return to Arlington, Sunday, July 17 to host the Minnesota Lynx for Teachers Appreciation Day/Back To School Night, presented by American Fidelity. Tickets are available for purchase at www.dallaswingsbasketball.com.
Dallas Wings Post Game Notes
*Glory Johnson finished the night with 23 points and 22 rebounds, setting a new career high in rebounds (previous high 17 vs. Connecticut on July 19, 2013), and season high in points (previous high 16 vs. Phoenix on June 21).
*Johnson’s 23 rebounds also sets a new WNBA high for rebounds in a game this season, previously held by San Antonio’s Dearica Hamby with 18 on June 14th.
*Johnson also set a new league-high with 9 offensive rebounds tonight, a mark previously held by teammates Karima Christmas (8 vs. IND on 6/25) and Courtney Paris (8 vs. ATL on 5/27).
*Glory Johnson matched her previous season-high with 12 rebounds (set three days ago vs. Connecticut) in the first half alone tonight.
*It was Johnson’s 2nd straight double-double and 5th of the season. She ties Courtney Paris for most double-doubles by a Wings player this season.
*Johnson’s 38:35 was the most she has played this season, previous high was 36:10 vs. Connecticut on July 2nd.
*46 team rebounds Tonight was the third time the Wings have grabbed 40+ team rebounds (49 at Phoenix on 6/18 and 42 vs. San Antonio on 5/21).
*Odyssey Sims finished tonight with 19 points, the sixth time this season she has reached that total.
*The Wings shot .857 from the free throw line as a team, the 8th time this season they have shot 80 percent or better (5-3 record when shooting 80%+)
*Rookie Aerial Powers entered the game at the 2:16 mark of the 1st quarter and proceeded to score 9 of the Wings’ next 17 points. Powers finished with 17 points and 3 rebounds, tying her third-highest total of the season.
*Guard Brianna Kiesel checked in at the 2:55 mark of the first quarter. It was her first game action since June 11th vs. Los Angeles.
*Tonight’s attendance was 5,480, raising the season average to 5,253 per game. In total, 57,785 Wings fans have seen the team play this season over 11 games.
POST GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Fred Williams
(On tonight’s win)
“I thought it was a good team effort, especially defensively. It was a low scoring game for two teams that score in the 90s and 80s regularly. Glory Johnson had a great game on the boards, a career high, and made some tough shots in the end for us. I was pleased with the way we played tonight and shared the basketball.”
(On tonight’s aggressive play)
“A day of practice and us getting some breakdown drills in helped us. The young ladies just came focused and ready to play tonight.”
(On Aerial Powers)
“A lot of her fouls have been two hands up instead of just one. We’ve talked about her being less aggressive away from the ball, because then she is getting little ticky-tack fouls. I thought that helped her game. Offensively, I just told her to attack the basket, don’t be afraid to go in there and attack.
Dallas Wings Players
Wings Forward Glory Johnson
(On tonight’s performance)
“It’s definitely my top performance. I don’t think I’ve gotten that many boards since I’ve been in the league. Even at Tennesse, I think I had 19. It was just a big game. My teammates were hitting me with those little dump passes. It was great. We were running on them, and I was trying to run with them. We played awesome defense, and when we play good defense, our offense comes to us very easy.”
(On playing 38 minutes)
“I had my teammates talking to me and telling me to keep going, keep working hard, and keep crashing the boards. It feels good to have your teammates there and they are pushing for you, and they want you to keep going. They want you to play your game and they are talking to me. If they keep getting it done, I should be getting it done too.”
Wings Center Courtney Paris
(On Glory Johnson)
“Glory Johnson was super aggressive. She went after all the rebounds and took pressure off the other players. She did a great job and carried us today.
“She makes it so much easier. She demands so much attention. Karima too, they are both great rebounders and that is one of the things we pride ourselves in. On this team we pride ourselves on rebounding, especially offensive rebounding. Whenever you have players like that, it makes it easier. They can’t block everybody out. Glory was just amazing today, and that was something I had never seen.”