Much of the first quarter was back and forth before Chicago went on an 11-4 run to end the quarter and put themselves ahead 25-16 after one.

The Wings’ defense had some questionable moments in the first quarter as Dallas failed to close out on several three-point shooters, and Wings rookie Jacy Sheldon fouled Sky point guard Marina Mabery, who was attempting a half-court shot with .7 seconds left on the clock.

With 2:46 left in the second quarter, the Wings took their first lead of the game, thanks to Stephanie Soares’ first WNBA bucket. At the half, Dallas trailed 43-40, and the same truths from 2023 were evident in the first half of 2024.

The Wings’ size dominated, as they scored 32 of their 40 points in the paint.

However, their shooting continued to struggle. Dallas shot just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Down by one with less than six minutes left in the third quarter, Arike Ogunbowale slipped a beautiful pass to Natasha Howard for a reverse layup. That back-and-forth nature would continue through the third quarter as the Wings and Sky were deadlocked at 62 entering the fourth.

With 5:01 left in the fourth, the Wings called timeout, looking for one more push to secure their first win of the season. Dallas tied the game on a tough bucket from Natasha Howard with 3:47 left, and less than a minute later, Howard came through again to give the Wings a 77-75 lead with 2:26 left.

Right after that timeout, Maddy Seigrist knocked down a huge three, and the Wings never looked back. A steal and a bucket from Arike Ogunbowale all but put the game away.

Dallas opened their season with an 87-79 win, led by Arike Ogunbowale’s fourth-quarter takeover. She finished with a game-high 25 points.

Natasha Howard finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Teaira McCowan had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

“It was a team effort; someone did something we needed on both sides of the basketball,” Wings head coach Latricia Trammell said.


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