Washington, D.C. – The Dallas Wings continue their east coast trip to face the Washington Mystics tomorrow night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET. The Mystics are the third east coast team in a row that the Wings will go up against in a week.
The Wings enter the final games of the 2017 season with a 14-17 record and eighth spot in the league overall.
IN THE HUNT
Currently the Wings are in the playoff hunt, tied with Seattle and a game and 1/2 behind the Phoenix. This marks as the first time since 2015, that the Wings have found themselves in the playoff race.
In a game with 20 lead changes and seven ties, the Wings battled with the Sun, falling in a close matchup 93-87. Skylar Diggins-Smith led the way with 19 points and six assists. The Wings and Sun went kneck to kneck in another close game. Dallas found themselves taking the charge in the first half, to take a close lead and go into the half just down by three. Diggins-Smith, Theresa Plaisance and Kayla Thornton turned up the heat scoring eight points each, with Thornton recording six boards before the second half. Walking in the second half, the teams continued the close game, with the Wings staying right there with the Sun, being down by as little as four points. It wasn’t until the final minutes of the fourth quarter when the Sun took a commanding leading to go up by as much as 12, but the Wings held on cutting the lead by half for the final score.
ON THE ROAD
On the road, the Wings are 4-11, with wins in Phoenix on 5/14, San Antonio (5/25 & 6/23), and Washington on 6/18. In the eleven games played, the team is averaging 88.1 points per game. Skylar Diggins-Smith, Glory Johnson and Kaela Davis have had stellar performances on the road, all scoring 20 plus point games and taking the team to big wins. Rookie Kaela Davis kicked it off in the Wings season opener in Phoenix, scoring 20 points, being the only rookie in franchise history to score that many points in a season opener. Glory Johnson recorded 16 points in one quarter to end the game against Washington on 6/18 with 27 points. She became the first Wings player this season to score over 10 points in a quarter. Skylar Diggins-Smith rounds out the group. Against San Antonio on 6/23, she broke a franchise record with seven 3-point field goals made and ending the night with 30 points. It was the first 30-point game the veteran guard had scored since 6/28/15 in Seattle.
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.
WATCH US WORK
Tomorrow night’s broadcast will be seen on NBA TV and the WNBA’s League Pass.