Exactly one month from today, the top eight teams in the WNBA will advance and start the playoffs.
For the Dallas Wings, this year’s team has come with a different sense that they can make a solid run in the postseason.
However, coming into Saturday night, Dallas was scuffling, losing five out of their last seven and all three on this home stand.
Tonight was a huge one for the Wings to be able to not only snap that skid but to get some momentum before their upcoming road trip.
Dallas matched the pace of the Sun as they held a 25-23 after the first quarter.
The Wings had a balanced scoring attack in the first, as each of the starting five had four or more points. Dallas’ lead swelled to 52-43 at the half, with Satou Sabally leading all scorers at 15. Crystal Dangerfield also had one of her better halves as a Dallas Wing scoring 14 incredibly smooth points.
Any run the Sun could make in the first half, the Wings had an answer which was not always the case in the first two meetings between the two.
The 3rd quarter was much of a back-and-forth battle, with the Sun cutting the lead down to three, but a late Dallas run expanded it back to nine.
The crowd at the College Park Center was rocking as the Wings led 73-64 heading to the 4th quarter.
With 5:06 left in the 4th, the Sun cut the Wings’ lead down to 77-75, and this huge game all the sudden hung in the balance as two of the best teams in the W were going at it.
Dallas dominated at the end of the 4th, holding the Sun to just 4 points in the final 5:06 of the game leading to a 91-81 win.
Satou Sabally led the way with 28 points, followed by Arike Ogunbowale with 23 and Crystal Dangerfield with 16.