ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings travel to Uncasville, Connecticut Sunday to take on the Atlanta Dream and Connecticut Sun in its first preseason games of the 2019 season. The Wings will see the Dream on Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. CT and matchup against the Sun on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. CT. This is the second year in a row that the Wings have traveled to Mohegan Sun Arena for a preseason tournament. Since 2013, the Wings are 1-1 against the Sun in preseason and 0-1 when facing the Dream.
WELCOME TO TEXAS, COACH
The Dallas Wings hired two-time WNBA Champion Brian Agler to serve as the team’s head coach on December 18, 2018. Agler joins the Wings with more victories than any other coach in U.S. women’s professional basketball history. Agler brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Dallas, including 12 years as a WNBA head coach. Before coming to Dallas, Agler was the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Compiling an 85-51 overall record, Agler’s guided the Sparks to four playoff appearances and the 2016 WNBA Championship. Agler’s stint in LA also included back-to-back 28-6 seasons in 2016 and 2017 and a second appearance in the WNBA Finals following the 2017 campaign.
ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF
The Dallas Wings resigned the trio of Kayla Thornton, Glory Johnson and Cayla George this off season. Thornton, who claimed a championship with the KB Stars of the WKBL before reporting to camp, started 32 of last season’s 34 contests. The UTEP product averaged 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds, all career-high marks, while shooting a career-best 44.7 percent from the field and 86.0 from the foul line. Johnson, entering her seventh season in the WNBA, has spent her entire career with the Wings organization. She appeared in 29 outings last season, averaging 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Johnson’s 1,448 total rebounds give her the second most total boards in franchise history. George played for the Melbourne Boomers of the WNBL in the off season, helping the team advance to the league’s semifinals. George played in 23 games during the 2018 WNBA season, starting one of them, and shot a career-high 43.6 percent from the field during the year while playing 10.7 minutes a game.
A ROOKIE NOW
Dallas had four picks during the 2019 WNBA Draft, the second most of any team in the League, and selected Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame) with the No. 5 pick, Megan Gustafson (Iowa) at pick No. 17, Kennedy Burke (UCLA) at No. 22 and Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis) at No. 29. Two of the Wings draftees, Gustafson and Bertsch, were top-five scorers in the NCAA during the 2018-2019 season. Gustafson led the country at 27.8 points a game and Bertsch was fourth at a clip of 23.6 points a game. Ogunbowale stunned UConn and Mississippi State en route to the Irish capturing the NCAA Championship in 2018 and was vital to the South Bend squad returning to the championship game the following year. Burke is one of only four Bruins to have ever scored 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and tally 100 blocks during her time in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-1 guard was voted to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and was an All-Pac-12 Honorable mention. Additional roster pick ups for the Wings include signing Brooke McCarty-Williams and Nicole Seekamp to training camp deals. Originally from Renmark, South Australia, Australia, Seekamp played collegiately for the University of South Dakota from 2011 to 2016 and was teammates with George on the Australian National Team. McCarty-Williams, a native of League City, Texas, was a four-year letter winner at the University of Texas at Austin and spent training camp with the Los Angeles Sparks prior to the 2018 WNBA season. She played overseas for Peli-Karhut of the Finnish Korisliiga, averaging 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and two steals per game.
TEXAS FOREVER, Y’ALL
The Wings made moves off the court by welcoming Texas Capital Bank as the team’s marquee jersey partner. The community efforts of the two organizations started last month with the revitalization of the Sarah Wilke Youth Center, part of the Wesley Rankin Community Center in West Dallas, and will continue with more community events throughout the season and partnership.