Positive beginnings for the Dallas Wings

Things are looking up for the Dallas Wings, formerly known as the Tulsa Shock. With Skylar Diggins still missing in action due to an injury suffered last season, this team looks great. Wednesday, Dallas ended a three-game road trip 2-1 after they defeated the Washington Mystics 87-77.

“I thought tonight was a good challenge for us,” said Head Coach Fred Williams. “Very pleased how the young ladies stepped up on this road trip.”

Odyssey Sims did a great job on the offensive end as she led the team with 22 points on 6-13 shooting and draining 10-11 behind the free throw line. She added two assists and two rebounds to that line. Things are starting out well for Sims with this being her second game this season scoring in double-figures. Things will just improve with her too, she’s just in her second year. The back-court of Sims and Diggins when healthy will be very competitive and a force in this league. As a team, the Wings shot 95 percent from the field, 19-20, and along with Odyssey’s great game from the line comes Erin Phillips who hit five as well.

”It’s always key on the road to make sure you knock down free throws,” said Sims. “I feel like everyone tonight attacked the basket especially at the free throw line. We executed well and got our free throws in.”

Three players hit double-figures. Those three include Phillips, Karima Christmas, and rookie Aerial Powers. Phillips hit nine of her 16 points from the free throw line, Christmas hit 11, and the rookie, Powers hit 10.

With that being said, the future of this team looks bright. They are doing something they failed to do last season, and that’s to succeed without Diggins in the game. This is a very good sign for the Dallas fanbase who will finally get to see their team playing regular season basketball on Saturday, at 7:30 pm CT against the San Antonio Silver Stars who are 0-1 on the season.

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