By: Anthony Miller
After winning two straight games at home, the Dallas Wings take a loss on the road against the New York Liberty 102-93.
The first half consisted of the teams going back and forth, but with the Wings staying ahead of the Liberty. Arike Ogunbowale scored 13 points in the half as she shot 50 percent from the floor in the contest. Dallas played well, only having one turnover in the half as they were leading the Liberty 51-45 at halftime.
New York hit their stride in the second half scoring 34 points in the third quarter to give themselves a 79-68 lead heading into the final quarter. Things didn’t improve much for Dallas as they went on to lose 102-93 to the Liberty as New York scored 57 points in the second half to take the win. New York was spectacular from the floor shooting 60 percent in the second half while Dallas shot 36 percent.
Ogunbowale finished the game with 25 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in the loss. Satou Sabally impressed once again recording her sixth straight double-double and her seventh overall of the season scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. The other two players with ten or more points were Natasha Howard (14) and Kalani Brown (10).
Overall Impressions of the Dallas Wings’ Loss
This shouldn’t be clarified as a bad loss for Dallas as they played a New York Liberty team who is now 6-2 on the season and appears to be one of the top teams in the league. Their shooting in the game was tough to defend especially the lights-out performance by Breanna Stewart who scored 32 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. It helped New York that they made 13 three points and made franchise history by recording 100 or more points in two straight games.
One positive for Dallas as they got off to a faster start as they scored more than 20 points for the first time in four games. Ogunbowale shot the ball well in the first half but lost her flow shooting just 25 percent. Her passing though was impressive as she dished out some great assists so it could be argued it was one of her most complete performances of the season.
Dallas’s defense leaves a lot to be desired as while New York was red-hot shooting, there were a lot of times where Liberty’s shooters were left open or had enough space to shoot. It has been something the team has tended to deal with, but it ends a four-game streak of allowing 80 or fewer points.
The Wings’ record went down to 5-4 on the season as they are now 1-4 on the road this season. They will be back home on Wednesday as they have a noon tip-off against the Los Angeles Sparks.
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