Wings Open 2017 Season On The Road

Arlington, TX –  The Dallas Wings tip off their second WNBA season this Sunday afternoon in Phoenix. This is the first time since moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area that the team will open the regular season in the west. The Wings are slated one game in the west before their home opener on Saturday, May 20 against the Minnesota Lynx.

Sunday afternoon’s contest will be the 54th matchup between both franchises. Currently, the Mercury own the overall series at 18-35. Last season, the Wings took the series with a 3-1 record. In the first game of the series, the teams took the match into triple overtime, with the Wings getting the win 117-111.

Forward Glory Johnson made history in the second matchup of the series, recording 23 points and 22 rebounds, becoming the first WNBA player to be part of the 20-20 club since 2013.

Dallas Wings guard Aerial Powers (recovering from hip surgery) and Evelyn Akhator (ankle sprain) will not play in Sunday’s game against Phoenix.

This season the Wings will begin their 2017 campaign with all five draft selections from this year’s WNBA draft. The five picks are the first time in 17 years that a WNBA team will enter their season with five or more draftees. The last time this occurred was in 2000, when the Minnesota Lynx opened their campaign with six draft selections.

Sunday’s game will be the first of 20 WNBA games to be streamed live via Twitter. The afternoon matchup will mark as the first time a professional women’s sport game will be streamed live on the social channel. Fans can watch the game and via @WNBA.

Veteran Karima Christmas-Kelly is just 14 points shy of scoring her 1500th WNBA point. The star forward could make her mark in the books this Sunday in Phoenix. Last season, Christmas-Kelly averaged 12.4 points per game with 423 scored overall.

Skylar Diggins-Smith is also close to scoring her 1500th WNBA point. She is 32 points shy of the mark, and will look to pass that in the first two games of the season. Last year Diggins-Smith registered a total of 353 points, averaging 13.1 per game.

In preseason action, the Wings went 1-1, with an 87-81 loss in San Antonio and an 80-75 victory over Indiana at home. Rookies Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis showed out leading the team in points. In San Antonio, Gray registered 15 points, shooting perfectly behind the line (8-for-8). Davis led the way against Indiana, recording 14 points. In both games she shot perfectly behind the line and ended the preseason with a perfect 1.000 percentage.

The Wings finalized their roster on May 11, which rounded out six returning players, five draft picks and one training camp invitee.

Dallas Wings guard Aerial Powers (recovering from hip surgery) and Evelyn Akhator (ankle sprain) will not play in Sunday’s game against Phoenix.

Following Sunday’s contest, the Wings will then return back to Arlington and prepare for their home opener against the Minnesota Lynx. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip at the College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Season ticket packages and individual tickets are available. Fans can get theirs by calling 817.469.9464 or by visiting

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2017 Dallas Wings Roster

3 Courtney Paris C 6-4 250 9/21/1987 Oklahoma 7
4 Skylar Diggins-Smith G 5-9 145 8/2/1990 Notre Dame 4
6 Kayla Thornton F 6-1 190 10/20/1992 UT-El Paso 1
9 Evelyn Akhator F 6-3 180 2/3/1995 Kentucky R ack-uh-TOR
10 Kaela Davis F 6-2 170 3/15/1995 South Carolina R KAY-luh
12 Saniya Chong G 5-8 140 6/27/1994 UCONN R suh-NIE-ya
13 Karima Christmas-Kelly F 6-0 180 9/11/1989 Duke 6 kuh-REE-muh
15 Allisha Gray G 6-0 167 1/12/1995 South Carolina R UH-LEE-shuh
22 Breanna Lewis C 6-5 205 6/22/1994 Kansas State R BREE-AW-nuh
23 Aerial Powers G 6-0 157 1/17/1994 Michigan State 1 AIR-ee-ul
25 Glory Johnson F 6-3 170 7/27/1990 Tennessee 4
55 Theresa Plaisance F 6-5 200 5/18/1992 LSU 3 play-ZAWNCE