In the first few minutes of the Wing’s 87-79 season-opening win over the Chicago Sky, Natasha Howard was shaken up and returned to the Dallas locker room with a trainer.
When Howard returned to the bench, no one really thought anything of it, as the 10-year WNBA vet checked back into the game shortly after, finishing with 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Following the game, it was announced that Natasha Howard put up those numbers all while playing on a broken foot. Howard will be out for the next three to six weeks, forcing some new Dallas Wings to step up in ways that we’ve never seen in their WNBA careers.

In the instant aftermath of Howard’s injury, the Wings announced that they signed Monique Billings to a hardship contract. In her first game in Dallas, Billings scored five points and had four rebounds.

Last season, the Wings had success with hardship contracts. Both Kalani Brown and Odyssey Sims were key contributors to the Wings’ deep run after joining the team on hardships.

Second-year forward Maddy Seigrist made her first career start in the Wing’s second game of the year, and her improvements have been on full display early on in the season.


Seigrist scored 13 points in the Wing’s first game of the season, including a huge three-pointer as part of Dallas’ big fourth-quarter run to steal the win.

“Maddy’s always ready; that is one thing that she does,” Wings coach Latricia Trammell said after the Wings’ first game.

“We know she’s Maddy buckets for a reason, but what she has enhanced is her defense; she is one of the best at rebounding the percentages, knowing when they’re coming off.”


Stephanie Soares missed all of last season with a knee injury, but this year, she stepped on the floor in the Wings opener and scored her first WNBA bucket almost instantly.

In the Wings’ second game, Soares made her first WNBA start and will be a key piece of the Wings team moving forward after Howard’s absence.


With Dallas already down Satou Sabally, Natasha Howard’s early injury was not pleasant for the Wings.
However, if Dallas can have players like Seigrist, Billings, and Soares step up, the Wings will be in a good spot.

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