Dallas Wings fans have set high expectations for the team as they begin their third year in North Texas. These expectations are not groundless for the club; an established group of veterans led the WNBA’s youngest team to a playoff appearance last season and the Wings have made substantial roster additions in the offseason.
While it’s the Wings’ ‘youth movement’ that may inspire hope, it is the group of veterans that the team will rely on in its push for the playoffs. It’s these veterans that have established the foundation of the franchise, and will be looking to build on their career records this season.
- Coming into this season, Diggins-Smith had started 123 games, sixth in franchise history. Early in the season, she will pass No. 5 Ruth Riley (135 starts) and No. 4 Katie Smith (138 starts). Deanna Nolan tops the list with 262 career starts.
- Diggins-Smith crossed the career 2,000-point mark last season, and has already passed Cheryl Ford for third on the franchise points list. Next up is Swin Cash at second with 2,369 points and Nolan with 3,971 points.
- Diggins-Smith currently leads the franchise with 15.5 points per game. She has played in 138 games over her six-year career.
- With 25 points versus Atlanta in the second game of the 2018 season, Diggins-Smith notched her 46th career 20+ point game. She is second in franchise history behind Deanna Nolan’s 53.
- Diggins-Smith has also recorded six 30+ point games in her career, second-most behind Nolan’s 7. Her most recent came in a 30-point effort last June at San Antonio.
- Karima Christmas-Kelly enters her fifth season with the franchise in eighth place with 100 career starts. With her 13th start this season, she will pass Elaine Powell for seventh all-time.
- With her 12th 3-point field goal make this year, Christmas-Kelly will pass Odyssey Sims and Jennifer Lacy for seventh place all-time on the franchise list. She is in range to pass Jordan Hooper and move into the top-five most prolific 3-point shooters in Wings history.
- In her sixth season, Glory Johnson led the Wings in rebounding for the third time in her career. Johnson stands alone in second place in franchise history with 1,256 rebounds. Cheryl Ford is first with 1,907 rebounds.
- Johnson is fourth all-time with 715 field goals made, 65 behind Cheryl Ford for third.
- Cambage, in her return to the Wings franchise, has already passed Astou Ndiaye-Diatta for eighth all-time in franchise blocked shots. Cambage could conceivably move into the top five this season.