Wings’ comeback falls short against defending champs
By Dorothy J Gentry
The numbers were ugly for the Wings. Dallas scored just 21 points in the first half - including a meager four in the second quarter - against the Lynx on Wednesday.
And even with that terrible offensive showing, the Wings were still in the game thanks to a furious second-half comeback that fell short in their 76-68 loss.
The Lynx, led by WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles, were ready for the Wings duo of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage and jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead. The Wings kept their composure and battled back to within four points after key plays from Diggins-Smith (a 3-pointer) and a layup from Kaela Davis.
The momentum – and the game – shifted in the second quarter as the Lynx and Fowles dominated defensively, holding the Wings to just four points and outscoring them an eye-popping 24-4 in the period. Fowles scored 16 points on 8-for-13 from the field while adding 12 rebounds in the opening half.
The Wings made the appropriate halftime adjustments and the battle began as they spread the ball around and made several key shots to outscore the Lynx 19-9 in the third quarter.
But it was too late as the Wings ran out of time, even while outscoring the Lynx 47-30 in the second half.
Cambage led the Wings with her first double-double of the seasons (14 points, 12 rebounds), a career-high four assists and three blocks. Kayla Thornton recorded her second start of the season and scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Diggins-Smith finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists.
Rookie Azurá Stevens led the Wings off the bench with a career-high nine points and four rebounds.
For the Lynx, Fowles scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to mark the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Lynx history.
The Wings, 1-2 will travel to Atlanta for game two of their three-game road trip before traveling to New York to close out the trip. The team will return home June 2 to face the Storm.