Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale out through at least first round of playoffs

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Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale will remain out through at least the first round of the playoffs after undergoing a procedure to repair a pelvic injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Ogunbowale scored 12 points in 25 minutes in Saturday’s overtime win against the Indiana Fever but exited with an injury. She missed Monday’s win against the New York Liberty, which secured a playoff spot for the Wings.

“Hurts my heart that I can’t be out there with the team,” Ogunbowale tweeted in the wake of the news.

The fourth-year player out of Notre Dame underwent an iliac crest core muscle avulsion repair Tuesday and will miss Dallas’ final three games of the regular season as well as the team’s first-round playoff series.

Marina Mabrey stepped up with 31 points in the Wings’ victory Monday. They’ll need to lean on her in Ogunbowale’s continued absence, starting Wednesday with another game against the Liberty. Ogunbowale has played 30 games for Dallas so far this season, averaging 19.7 points and 31.4 minutes per game.

The Wings (17-16) currently sit in sixth place in the WNBA standings, which would put them in line to face the third-place Connecticut Sun (22-11) in a three-game first-round series if the season ended Tuesday. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.