Arlington, Texas – The Dallas Wings and Arike Ogunbowale have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced today.
“We were proud to offer, and thrilled Arike accepted, a multi-year contract extension to remain with the Dallas Wings organization through at least the 2025 season,” Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated. “Arike has been one of the most prolific offensive players in the WNBA since she entered the League in 2019 and has delivered an all-time caliber start to her career. I have watched as she has grown as a teammate and leader while evolving into her role as the foundation for our team build. Most importantly, Arike has embraced our organization and North Texas while proudly putting on the Wings jersey. She represents the spirit of our core group of talented young players who are invested in our team and our community for the long term.”
Dallas selected Ogunbowale with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, and the Milwaukee, Wisc. native led the team with 19.1 points per game, the league’s third highest scoring average in the WNBA during her rookie campaign. In the 2020 season, she led the league in scoring with 22.8 points per game, becoming just the fourth player, and the fourth youngest player, in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring in one of her first two seasons. In three seasons, the former Notre Dame product has been named to the 2019 All-Rookie First Team, the 2020 All-WNBA First Team, the 2021 All-WNBA Second Team and was named MVP at the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game.
“First and foremost, I am so happy for Arike and her family that they will continue to call Dallas home and that she will remain as a centerpiece of our team and community,” Head Coach Vickie Johnson said. “As a coach, you always want to be able to push your players and bring the best out of them on the floor and have them expect the same from you. Arike exemplifies this and she is an exceptional team leader on and off the court with the way she conducts herself and rallies her teammates around her. We are all so excited to see her continue to bring her game to the next level and lead this team on many successful runs in the future.”
On July 5, 2021, Ogunbowale became the third fastest player to score 1,500 career points (74 games) while in the middle of recording the fifth longest double-digit scoring streak in WNBA history (65 games). Ogunbowale has totaled 1,730 points over the course of the past three seasons, the most points scored in the league in that time span and has played in every game but one (87 games). Since 2019, she is also second in the WNBA in three pointers made (185) and third in free throws made (373).
“This opportunity with the Wings is a dream come true,” Ogunbowale said. “I want to thank Wings ownership, Greg Bibb, and Vickie Johnson for their belief in me. I was excited when the Wings drafted me, and now having spent the first 3 years of my career here I’m proud to call Dallas home. I look forward a great future with the Wings organization.”
Arike Ogunbowale Career Regular Season Averages
Ogunbowale, Bibb and Johnson will be available to the media via zoom to discuss the signing on Monday, February 7th at 3 p.m. CT. Zoom information will be sent at a later date.
To commemorate the signing of Ogunbowale, the Wings also announced that 2022 single-game tickets are now on sale to the public and on Monday, February 7, the team will announce a special ticket package surrounding the Ogunbowale extension. Fans can visit DallasWings.com to purchase tickets.