UNCASVILLE, CT – A 30-point second quarter and a game-high 19 points from rookie Arike Ogunbowale helped the Dallas Wings overcome an early deficit and top the Connecticut Sun 71-67 Tuesday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Wings defense also held strong in the closing seconds of the game to seal the victory, keeping a Connecticut rally at bay.
Glory Johnson busted the game open with a three-pointer from the far corner in front of the Wings bench, setting the tone from the get-go for Dallas. The Wings and Sun would go back-and-forward for the first few minutes, but Connecticut would go up by as many at 10 points near the close of the opening quarter. An Ogunbowle three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer would ignite an 10-2 run that ran into the second quarter.
The Sun wouldn’t go without a fight, taking a one-point advantage with three minutes left in the first half. The Wings would head to the locker room up 44-35 on the heels of another run, this time it being 12-3. Connecticut would mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, taking the lead 66-65 with 2:21 remaining, but defensive stops – including a late block by Megan Gustafson – and free throwing shooting down the stretch would give Dallas its first win of the preseason.
The Wings head back home for more training camp before welcoming the Indiana Fever to the College Park Center Sunday, May 19. The game will tipoff at 2 p.m. CT