The Dallas Wings season officially came to an end on Friday night after a 64-61 loss at the hands of the Las Vegas Aces who swept Dallas to advance to their second straight WNBA Finals.
When reflecting on the season, Head Coach Larticia Tramell said “That’s the culture we want here and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this organization and a part of this team. We’ll learn from this. I’ll grow. They’ll grow and hopefully, we’ll be back here next season.”
For the Wings, it was a record-setting season in Coach LT’s first year at the helm.
Dallas finished the regular season at 22-18 which is their best record since moving to DFW in 2016. That record landed them the fourth seed in the playoffs which was their highest finish since the relocation.
In the first round of the WNBA Playoffs, Dallas hosted the Atlanta Dream for the team’s first-ever home playoff series. The Wings swept the Dream out of the playoffs in front of two packed houses at the College Park Center in Arlington.
Dispite the loss to the Aces in the semi finals, the Wings were one of the last four teams standing in the league for the first time in team history.
Now that the season is officially over, let’s break down how the Wings went on their historic run.
Size Matters – The Wings used their size to their advantage for much of the season. Dallas led the WNBA in rebounds per game (38.7), points in the paint (42.3), and second-chance points per game (14.8).
The 6’7 duo of Teaira McCowan and Kalani Brown was pivotal for the Wings success this year.
For Kalani Brown it was her best season in the WNBA as she took over the Wings 6th man role and finished the regular season with career highs in points (7.8), rebounds (4.5), and assists (1.0).
Breakouts of the Stars – Both Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally experienced breakout seasons, leading the Wings to one of the best offenses in the WNBA.
Arike Ogunbowale averaged a dominant 21.2 points but it was the other areas of her game that made this her most complete all-around season. Ogunbowale averaged career highs in assists (4.5), rebounds (3.4) and steals (1.7).
Satou Sabally was named the WNBA’s most-improved player after averaging 18.6 points (Increase of 7.3) 8.1 rebounds (increase of 3.3), and 4.4 assists (increase of 2.3).
Sabally played the most games of her young WNBA career (38) and truly emerged as a star in this league.
The Promise of the Future – Despite falling just short this year, the Dallas Wings took another step forward in pursuit of their first WNBA championship since moving to DFW.
After the Wings season ending loss, Arike Ogunbowale said “We’re getting more experience. Last year it was [the] first round and this year semi finals so the next step is a ladder and we get to the finals”
With much of the roster returning next season, and the 4th and 9th pick in the upcoming WNBA draft, the Wings are in prime position to be one of the WNBA’s biggest contenders in 2024.