Ever since her rookie season in 2019, Arike Ogunbowale has been a staple of Dallas Wings basketball.
After being drafted 5th overall in the 2019 draft, Ogunbowale has averaged at least 18 points per game in those six seasons.

2024 is seeing Ogunbowale put up the best season of her WNBA career. Although it’s only a ten-game sample size, Arike Ogunbowale is averaging career highs in points (26.4), rebounds (4.5), and assists (5.5).

Defensively, Ogunbowale is leading the entire WNBA with 3.2 steals per game while often drawing the assignment of the opposing team’s best offensive player.

In Sunday afternoon’s 97-90 double overtime loss to the Phoenix Mercury, Arike Ogunbowale’s red-hot start to the season translated to a WNBA record.

With 25 points in the game, Ogunbowale became the first player in WNBA history to have ten straight 20-point games to open a season.

Ogunbowale’s streak passed Houston Comets legend Cynthia Cooper’s run of nine consecutive 20-point games to begin the 1999 season, which saw the Comets win the title.

Despite Ogunbowale’s hot start, the Wings are struggling to pick up wins early on in the season.

The absence of Satou Sabally and Natasha Howard is proving crucial. Dallas is averaging just 82.1 points per game and has lost its last five games.

Sitting at 3-7 on the season, the Wings are currently 10th in the WNBA standings, only above the Indiana Fever (3-9) and the winless Washington Mystics, who are winless in the first 12 contests to open 2024.

With the top eight teams making the WNBA playoffs, the Wings need not panic despite being only ten games into the season. Dallas should be getting Satou Sabally back after the Olympic break in August, which should give them a huge boost for a playoff push.

Last season, Sabally was named the WNBA’s most-improved player after averaging 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists, which were all career highs.

Natasha Howard should also be coming back soon after passing the next checkpoint in her recovery from her broken foot, which she suffered in the Wings’ season opener on May 15th.

Dallas remains at home this week as they will take on the Seattle Storm on Thursday and the Connecticut Sun on Saturday.
These two games will close out a four-game homestand before the Wings hit the road on Monday for a four-game road trip.

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