When rebuilding teams come into your home court in any sport, you want to be able to capitalize on those opportunities and get wins.
Unfortunately, for Arike Ogunbowale and the Dallas Wings, that did not happen, as they fell 109-103 to the Seattle Storm on their home floor.
The Wings have been in a bit of a rut lately after dropping their last three games, two of which were against teams with losing records. (LA, Seattle)
Dallas now sits at 5-6 on the season, seventh in the WNBA. This recent skid has definitely been a little disappointing, especially after the start of the season and the strength of the schedule the Wings have been facing lately.
One aspect of the team that has been everything but disappointing through the team’s first eleven games is fifth-year superstar guard Arike Ogunbowale.
In Saturday’s loss, Ogunbowale went for a career-high 41 points on 13-24 shooting while going 7-14 from deep.
After the game, Arike said:
“I would have liked it to be with a win, it’s cool, but it’s kinda hard to celebrate right now.”
Ogunbowale’s career night was just part of her historic stretch to begin this season.
Through eleven games, Arike is averaging a career-best 23.5 points per night, which is not only the best of the Wings but also the best in the whole WNBA.
Those 23.5 points have Ogunbowale third amongst all WNBA scorers only behind Breanna Stewart (23.9) and the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd (25.4), who scored 39 points in the matchup with Dallas on Saturday.
Not to mention the fact that Arike is hot as of late, in three of her last five games, Ogunbowale has scored 25 or more points.
Even with the success of Ogunbowale, the Wings have been struggling to put together four good quarters of basketball, which Latricia Tramell has cited as one of the reasons behind the team’s recent losing skid.
You can catch Arike Ogunboawle and her teammates looking to bounce back as the Wings take on the Atlanta Dream at 7:00 PM at the College Park Center and on NBA TV.