Sunday afternoon marked the end of the Dallas Wings’ most successful regular season since moving to the DFW area back in 2016. 

To close out the campaign, the Wings took down the Atlanta Dream by a score of 94-77 in Atlanta. Arike Ogunbowale led all scorers with 32 points in her 16th game of 30 or more points since she entered the league in 2019. 

With Sunday’s win, the Wings have officially finished the season with a 22-18 record, which was the fourth-best record in the league, their highest finish since moving to Dallas. 

Being the fourth seed in the upcoming playoffs, the Dallas Wings will take on the Atlanta Dream in the first round, which is a best-of-three series. Games one and two will be in Dallas this Friday and Tuesday, with the, if necessary, game being in Atlanta on Friday, September 22nd. 

Before we preview the playoffs, let’s look back at what made this regular season the best in Dallas Wings history.

The Success of First-Year Head Coach Latricia Trammell 

After leading the Dallas Wings to their winningest season and highest finish in her first season as head coach, Latricia Trammell will be one of the top candidates for this season’s WNBA Coach of the Year award. 

Safe to say that culture has been established in Dallas as the Wings were the only team in the WNBA to beat the Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty, and Connecticut Sun. 

With the team fully bought in heading into the playoffs, there is no doubt that if the right dominos fall, Dallas could make a deep run. 

Arike Ogunbowale’s Most All-Around Season in the WNBA 

Coming into the season, we all knew that Arike Ogunbowale could score the ball just as well as anyone in the WNBA. However, it’s been what she’s done, in addition to her elite scoring, that’s made this Arike’s most productive season yet. 

Ogunbowale finished the season averaging 21.2 points per game, which was good for fifth in the WNBA. That didn’t surprise anyone, but her other stats, on the other hand, may have. 

Finishing with a career-high 4.5 assists per game this season, Ogunbowale made huge improvements in passing the ball this season. The Dallas Wings 2019 first-round pick tallied two double-doubles for the first time in her career.

Not only on the offensive end did Ogunbowale improve, but on the defensive end as well. Arike averaged a career-high 1.7 steals per night and often drew the defensive assignment of the best player on the other team. 

The Breakout of Satou Sabally

For the first time in her short WNBA career, Satou Sabally has been fully healthy, and the results have been something the Dallas Wings envisioned when they drafted her with the second pick back in the 2020 draft. 

Sabally has averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.8 steals, which are all career highs. The former Oregon Duck has evolved into an all-around player and a superstar in the WNBA. 

The improvements of Sabally were on full display on July 28th vs. Washington when Satou Sabally tallied the first triple-double in Dallas Wings history, scoring 10 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Sabally’s breakout has been one of the key pieces to the Wings historic season. 

Size Size Size 

Throughout pretty much the entire season, the Dallas Wings dominated down low, leading to many easy points.

The Wings led the WNBA rebounds per game with 38.7 second chance points with 14.8 and points in the pain with 42.3. 

Dallas has the size to match up with any team they face in the playoffs, so they will have to use that to their advantage if they want to make a deep run. 

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