WNBA: Wings struggle from field, drop 2022 season opener to Dream

The Dallas Wings opened their 2022 season with a loss in your home to the Atlanta Dream, 66-59. Marina Mabrey led Dallas in scoring with 20 points while Allisha Gray broke in 12 points and 9 rebounds; Rhyne Howard led Atlanta with 16 points.

As the last rating recommends, the Wings offense had a hard time for the majority of the video game. A 29-11 very first quarter in favor of the Dream set the tone for the night, with Dallas head coach Vickie Johnson going deep into her bench early looking for a mix that would stop the Wings from getting lacked their own structure, and though they had the ability to cut the cause single digits prior to halftime and keep things close in the 2nd half, the Wings’ slow start eventually showed excessive to get rid of.

Rookie point player Veronica Burton played 21 minutes off the bench in her WNBA launching.
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The Wings’ minutes circulation states all of it: Veteran point player Moriah Jefferson and Tyasha Harris integrated to play simply 13 minutes, while novice Veronica Burton played 21 off the bench. Both Jasmine Dickey (2 minutes) and 2021 No. 1 general draft choice Charli Collier (3 minutes) bet a short stretch in the late very first quarter and were not seen for the rest of the video game.

It’s definitely not the start to the season that Johnson desired, specifically with forward Satou Sabally and center Teaira McCowan presently far from the group as they meet abroad responsibilities. Without the 6’4 Sabally and 6’7 McCowan, the Wings had a hard time on the glass, giving up a set of double-digit specific rebounding efforts (Cheyenne Parker and Monique Billings) and getting outrebounded as a group, 47-39. Making matters even worse, beginning forwards Isabelle Harrison and Kayla Thornton integrated to shoot 2-for-15 from the field, usually looking overmatched versus the active and athletic Dream frontcourt.

The Wings cutting edge was not alone in its offending battles — vice versa. As a group, Dallas shot simply 24.3 percent from the field (4-of-19 on 3-pointers) and turned the ball over 17 times. Arike Ogunbowale, in specific, looked specifically out of sorts, scoring 7 points on 3-of-14 shooting with 6 turnovers. The Wings did shoot 27 complimentary tosses and linked on 21 of them, which, in such a way, takes into viewpoint simply how badly Dallas shot the basketball from all over else on the court.

Granted, a few of these numbers will wind up fixing themselves. It’s rarely that WNBA groups shoot as terribly from the flooring as the Wings did on Friday — according to Across the Timeline, it was simply the 26th time in league history a group shot under 25 percent from the field in a video game — and specific scorers of Ogunbowale’s quality are hardly ever held down for long. Along those very same lines, Harrison, who shot 53.8 percent from the field in 2021, ought to be more reliable offensively moving on, even if she’s undersized versus the WNBA’s leading centers.

It does put more pressure on the Wings, however, to measure up to the expectations they set on their own heading into 2022. Dallas’ lineup might be shorthanded at the minute, however one might state the very same about a lot of WNBA groups, due to the season’s fairly early start date — Sabally and McCowan are simply 2 of lots of gamers who have yet to have fun with their particular WNBA groups. The Wings still have adequate skill to complete, and they have a week in between their very first and 2nd video games, so Johnson has a lot of time to prepare her team for its upcoming match versus the Washington Mystics (May 13 at 7 p.m. ET).

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