The Dallas Wings current four-game in seven-day road trip could not have come at a worse time.

Last night’s 78-90 loss to the Minnesota Lynx was the Wings’ eighth loss in a row, putting them 11th out of 12 teams in the WNBA standings.

Coming into the season, the Wings were expected to be one of the top teams in the WNBA, but several key injuries have kept some of Dallas’ core players off the court.

With Natasha Howard and Satou Sabally out for the foreseeable future, the Wings are struggling to consistently get anything going offensively. Dallas scored 85 or more points just once on this seven-game skid, which came in the Wings’ 90-97 double-OT loss to the Mercury.

Unfortunately for the Wings, injury relief isn’t coming any time soon. Head Coach Latrica Trammell said that Natasha Howard will still be sidelined for two or three more weeks, and Satou Sabally’s timeline for the post-Olympic break has not changed.

In the meantime, we’re seeing players like Maddy Seigrist and Monique Billings step up like they never have in their careers, but it’s not leading to wins. There is no doubt that the Wings will be a force to be reckoned with when they get their stars back, but for now, they’ve got to start putting wins together.

Back-to-back games against the league-worst Washington Mystics could help on that front. Dallas travels to Washington this weekend, where they will play the Mystics at 2:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Wings have to hope that they will have the WNBA’s #2 scorer, Arike Ogunbowale, on the floor for those matchups after she was ruled out from last night’s loss against the Lynx with soreness in her Achilles. Dallas listed her as “day-to-day.”

If Ogunbowale’s injury is worse than expected, the Wings role players will be under some major pressure to keep the season afloat until she and the other starters come back.

In the wake of all of the struggles, the Wings sit just one game back of the Indiana Fever for the final playoff spot.
With more than 75% of the season still ahead of them, Dallas still has plenty of time for them to make a run and put themselves in a good position come September.

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