The Dallas Wings recorded their first win of the season Friday night, downing the Washington Mystics 94-86.
Arike Ogunbowale led the charge for the Wings, notching 27 points, with 19 of those points coming in the second frame alone. The Dallas guard sunk six threes, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Alisha Gray added to Ogunbowale’s tally, contributing 21 points of her own, while Isabelle Harrison notched a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds.
Elena Delle Donne had 20 points for the Mystics, but the team’s 18 turnovers compared to the Wings’ nine was too much to overcome.
Washington suffered without star Natasha Cloud, who is sidelined due to health and safety protocols.
After the games, Delle Donne addressed Cloud’s absence, saying, “I hate playing without her.”
“You see it in our lulls, you see it in our lack of control sometimes and our lack of getting into things. You also see it on the defensive end,” said Delle Donne. “Tash affects the game so much and her energy is missed.”
Here are @De11eDonne's thoughts on playing without point guard @T_Cloud4, who is out for @WashMystics due to COVID, in the past 2 games. It's been hard for the Mystics to get "Batman and Robin" on the court together the past several years. @TheNextHoops #WNBA #Mystics25 pic.twitter.com/qMAxejuv7C— Jenn Hatfield (she/her) (@jennhatfield1) May 14, 2022
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She also has started every game this season for undefeated LSU.
Copper is the team's only returning starter in 2023.
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