Entering the month of August, the Dallas Wings was among a handful of WNBA groups contending for the last 3 playoff seeds. While Chicago, Las Vegas, Connecticut, Seattle and Washington all had records well above .500 and had either currently clinched a playoff look or were on the cusp of doing so, the Wings still had a lot of work to do, sitting at 13-16 with little separation in between themselves, Atlanta, Phoenix and New York.
One week and numerous big wins later on, the Wings have actually emerged from that pack as the clear preferred to clinch an area in the playoffs, enhancing to 15-16 with 5 video games staying in their regular-season schedule. Dallas beat the ruling WNBA champ and existing No. 1 seed Chicago Sky on the roadway, 84-78, on Tuesday, then got home and removed the No. 2 seed Las Vegas Aces 82-80 2 days later on.
As if the level of competitors wasn’t hard enough, the Wings likewise occurred to be without their leading scorer and ball handler. Guard Arike Ogunbowale (19.9 points and 3.7 helps per video game) has actually been handling an ankle injury and was eliminated in the hours leading up to Dallas’ video game in Chicago, requiring the Wings to make huge last-minute changes in her lack.
Chief amongst those changes: Get the ball to Teaira McCowan. The 6’7 center had actually currently been warming up in previous video games and was stunning versus Chicago and Las Vegas, amounting to 41 points and 28 rebounds in the wins.
Dallas’ guard play is worthy of appreciation, too. Rookie Veronica Burton made her first-ever WNBA start versus Chicago and played very well, acquiring 8 points, 9 helps and 3 takes in front of a helpful audience of her previous coaches and fans at Northwestern.
Against the Aces, it was Tyasha Harris’ rely on impress. The third-year guard, who has actually invested the majority of the season taking on Burton for playing time, taped a very effective stat line, scoring 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and tape-recording 6 helps versus simply one turnover.
Granted, neither of the Wings’ wins over the WNBA’s leading 2 seeds were perfect, however considered that Dallas was down its 2 franchise foundations in Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally (ankle), they were however outstanding. They likewise came at an essential point in the Wings’ schedule; they have 5 video games to go, and each will protest a group that’s presently underneath Dallas in the standings, providing the Wings a golden chance to formally clinch an area in the playoffs, put some more range in between themselves and their competitors and end their routine season on a high note all in one fell swoop. With Ogunbowale possible for Dallas’ approaching video game versus the Indiana Fever, we’ll see if the Wings can keep it rolling and surface strong versus groups that they — in theory — need to beat.