Wings Ready To Fly In First Round Of WNBA Playoffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Dallas Wings will start their playoff run tonight as they go up against the Washington Mystics at the Capital One Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 pm CT and will be televised on ESPN 2.

The Wings are 30-21 in all games in post season play that date back to 1999, when the team was named the Detroit Shock. On the road the team is 11-12 and 12-5 in series wins. Under head coach Fred Williams, the franchise is seeing it’s third playoff game and second time under Williams’ helm. The last time the team marked a playoff berth was in 2015, while the team was in Tulsa. The team finished 3rd in the Western Conference and faced western conference opponent Phoenix, falling in the conference semis 0-2.

The Wings start playoff action on the road. Dallas will go up against the Washington Mystics. While playing away from their home court in playoff action, the team is 11-12 in franchise history. The last playoff game the team won on the road was in 2009, when the then Detroit Shock defeated the Atlanta Dream 94-79 to clinch and move on to the next round.

The Dallas Wings ended the regular season playing their four final games against the East. When facing eastern conference opponents in regular season play, the Wings are 8-9 this season, taking wins over Indiana (twice), Washington (twice), Connecticut, Chicago (twice) and Atlanta (twice). Four of the wins occurred at College Park Center. The 8-9 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.
In playoff action, the franchise is 19-13 over the east coast. This marks as the first time for the Wings and Mystics to go up against each other in the playoffs.

This year’s Wings squad is quite new to the playoffs. Only three of the 12 have seen post season play. The players who have had sights in the post season are veterans Karima Christmas-Kelly, who won a championship in 2012. Courtney Paris has also been in playoffs with Atlanta and with this franchise when the team was named the Tulsa Shock. Theresa Plaisance has also had sights in post season action with this franchise in 2015. This year marks as Skylar Diggins-Smith’s and Glory Johnson’s first playoff berth in their careers. The two were under the Tulsa Shock roster in 2015, but didn’t see any minutes, with Diggins-Smith on the sidelines with an injury and Johnson preparing to give birth to now 18-month old twins Ava Simone and Solei Diem.

Tomorrow broadcast will be seen on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and the WNBA’s League Pass.