When you need a win as bad as the Dallas Wings needed a win, anything can fuel you.
Today, there were 3 thousand campers and a sellout crowd, and the Wings used this to their advantage.

Dallas took down the Minnesota Lynx by a score of 94-88 to snap their 11-game losing streak and win their first game since May 26th.

“It was just a well-rounded game,” Head Coach Latricia Trammell said after the game.

“I told them after the game, tough times don’t last, tough people do, and this was a great team effort.”

Odyssey Sims was the story of the afternoon as he had 18 massive points and four assists in her return to the Wings.

Arike Ogunbowale led Dallas with 23 points, and Teaira McCowan and Monique Billings were the other Dallas players in double figures with 17 and 14, respectively.

“To be at home and play in front of my friends and family, I have so much support…Everybody has been rooting for me even when I wasn’t signed. God is good; I’m happy to be back and love my team. We are back in the win column!” Sims said after the game.

As a team, 36 bench points guided the Wings to victory, with 48 of their 94 points coming in the paint.

The Lynx started out hot from beyond the arc. Four of Minnesota’s first five field goals were three-pointers, and they held a 15-10 lead with 4:25 left in the first.

From that point on, the Wings only scored five more points in the rest of the quarter, as Dallas trailed 28-15 after the opening frame. Teaira McCowan had 11 of the Wings’ first 15 points.

With 3:02 to go in the second quarter, the Wings showed some life in a way they hadn’t all game. A Jacy Sheldon three-pointer kicked off a 9-0 Dallas run to cut the Lynx lead to just six at

By the end of the half, the Wings trailed by just two at 43-45. It was a 13-0 run at the end of the quarter to propel the Wings nearly even at the break.

“Defense,” Arike Ogunbowale said after being asked what shifted during the Wings 13-0 run.

“We got like three stops in a row, and then we executed on the other end, so it really just started with our defense for sure and just not folding when times got tough.”

Jacy Sheldon started the second half with a tough finish at the rim to tie the game up, and that was the start of a back-and-forth third quarter. Arike Ogunbowale found Monique Billings for her 8th assist of the night and the Wings’ first lead since it was 2-0.

With 51 seconds left in the quarter, Odyssey Sims made her presence felt in her return to Dallas by knocking down a three, giving Dallas a 71-70 lead, which they would take into the final frame.

Sims would score five quick points early in the fourth to help push the Wings lead out to 80-74 with 7:32 to play. Late in the 4th, Arike Ogunbowale nailed a three, and Oddysey Sims drove in for a tough finish to put Dallas up 89-84 with 3:10 to go.

With 48 seconds left in the game, Jacy Sheldon nailed a three-pointer, which would end up being the dagger.

“We definitely needed this win,” Ogunbowale went on to say.

“I don’t think we did anything different; I don’t think we did anything that isn’t Dallas in any of the games that we played. We’ve shown who we are and what our culture is, and we showed that again today.”

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