Wings Outshine Connecticut Sun

By Kayte Ledbetter

 

The Dallas Wings (16-14) finished out their four-game homestand with a, 91-81, win over the Connecticut Sun (21-9) at College Park Center on Saturday night.

With the win tonight, the Wings became the only team in the league to have beaten each of the top three teams record wise in the WNBA (Las Vegas Aves, New York Liberty, Connecticut Sun).

The Wings jumped out to a strong start against Connecticut and saw their shots drop early tonight as they shot 19-36 (52.8%) from the field, including 5-8 (62.5%) shooting from three, which fueled victories in both the first and second quarters that allowed Dallas to enter halftime with a 52-43 advantage.

The five Dallas starters spread the wealth in the first quarter with each recording four or more points. Teaira McCowan led the effort with six points on 3-4 shooting, while Satou Sabally, Natasha Howard and Crystal Dangerfield each had five points. Arike Ogunbowale tied a season high for rebounds in a quarter with three alongside McCowan. McCowan additionally tied a career high for assists in a quarter with four.

Dangerfield had a strong first half, recording a season high in points in a half with 14 on 5-7 (71.4%) shooting. Dangerfield made two baskets from deep alongside Sabally, who had an equally impactful first half. Sabally totaled 15 points, a team-leading six rebounds and three steals in the first half.

After shooting 64.7% in the first quarter, the Wings held the Sun to just 36.4% in the second, while shooting 56.2% themselves.

The third quarter saw a push from Connecticut to gain the lead, but a late 6-0 run by the Wings held the Sun off, maintaining a nine-point lead going into the final quarter. For the Sun in the third, Alyssa Thomas, Tiffany Hayes and DiJonai Carrington combined for all 21 points with Thomas and Hayes recording eight each. Each Dallas starter once again added points for the Wings in the third quarter with Satou Sabally adding 11 points, including her third three of the night.

A 10-2 Connecticut brought the Sun within reach in the fourth quarter, to which Dallas responded by closing the gap with a 14-4 run of their own. Ogunbowale delivered the final blow to the Sun, recording 10 of the Wings’ 18 fourth quarter points.

Connecticut relied heavily on Carrington off the bench as Rebecca Allen and Bonner recorded just a combined eight points. Alyssa Thomas led the Sun’s offensive and defensive efforts as she recorded her league leading 21st double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Sabally tied her career high with 28 points with two made free throws in the final 30 seconds of action this evening. In her 11th game scoring 20 or more points this season, she made nine baskets from the charity stripe to shoot a perfect 100% on her free throws for the 16th time this season. Sabally additionally led the team, with five steals, tying her career high.

Ogunbowale’s 23 points represent her 15th 20+ point game which ties her for the fourth most in the league alongside Minnesota’s Naphessa Collier. Ogunbowale shot 9-10 from the free throw line and pulled down six rebounds, tying her season high.

Dangerfield shot 50% from the floor alongside Sabally, totaling 16 points, her most since her season high of 18 against Los Angeles on June 25. While on the floor for Dallas, Teaira McCowan made her mark, recording a season high six assists alongside eight points and seven rebounds.

The Wings will break for the Commissioners Cup before heading to Connecticut to play the Sun on Friday, August 18 at 6pm CT with national coverage on ION.