Dallas Wings Schedule Preview: July 17 - 22

The Dallas Wings are coming off a week in which they went 2-1 and could have been 3-0. Can they keep the momentum going as their schedule gets tougher?

The Dallas Wings faced some tough teams this last week and went 2-1 against the likes of Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. They could have gone 3-0 if it were not for a late technical in the road game versus the Seattle Storm. Let's take a look back at the Wings best week of the season.

Phoenix at Dallas Game Recap

Heading into this game, the Dallas Wings had won three straight and were looking to continue that against the second best team, the Phoenix Mercury. The Wings came ready to play and had a big opening first quarter and never trailed after. The Mercury lost Diana Taurasi in this game due to illness and the Wings took advantage of it. They won the last game of the season series which the Mercury won 2-1. The Wings were impressive and had an easy blowout win led by Skylar-Diggins Smith who scored 20 points. Four Dallas Wings players were in double figures. The Wings won their fourth straight game.

Dallas at Los Angeles Game Recap

With the Wings fourth straight win, they headed on the road to face the Los Angeles Sparks. This was also a kids camp day game so it was an early afternoon tip. This game saw Liz Cambage ejected at halftime and still the Wings managed to win. The game went back and forth before Dallas had its lead to cut to one, 71-70 with about 7:52 in the fourth quarter when the Wings went on a 21-2 run which sealed the game for the Wings. Skylar Diggins-Smith was big as she had a double-double (22 points/11 assists) and was responsible for much of the Wings scoring run in the fourth quarter. Without her, the Wings would not have won this game. Dallas won the season series from Los Angeles 2-1 and won their fifth straight game.

Dallas at Seattle Game Recap

The Wings had won five straight games and headed back on the road to face the #1 team in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm. The Wings were looking to make a statement but it fell short as they lost the close game. The Wings and the Storm went back and forth in the first half as both teams were red hot offensively. It continued for much of the third and fourth quarter and the Wings had a great shot at it but Liz Cambage was assessed a technical foul after she made a late basket to cut the Storm lead down to just one. It was 78-77 when the referees gave her the technical which resulted in Seattle free throws and an extra possession in which Sue Bird hit a three-pointer. The Wings tried to get back in the game but the Storm held them off with their excellent free throw shooting. Dallas blew this game and have nothing to show for it as Seattle leads the series 2-1. The Wings also could not contain Breanna Stewart who has scored at least 25 points or more in two of the three matchups.

Entering Week 9 of the WNBA season, the Wings face a tough 4 game in 7 days stretch in which they have a back to back and face two of the top 8 teams. The Wings will be off after this week's slate of games as the WNBA All-Star Game approaches on July 28th.

New York at Dallas - Tuesday, July 17th

Tip-off: 12:00 pm CST/1 pm EST
TV: Twitter, Fox Sports Southwest Dallas +, MSG+, WNBA League Pass

After a disappointing road loss against the first place Seattle Storm, the Wings come home to face the New York Liberty for the third and final time this season. The Wings and Liberty have split the two previous meetings at one game apiece. With a win, the Wings can win the season series. The Wings should be ready to play in this afternoon kids camp day game and will be looking to get back on track. The Liberty are coming off a blowout win and have won two straight games. Although the Liberty have had a disappointing season and are currently tenth in the standings, the Wings need to defend Tina Charles and keep Liberty's guards (Shavonte Zellous, Epiphanny Prince, Sugar Rodgers) in check. Liz Cambage will need to have a big impact and if she and Skylar Diggins-Smith have a big game, they should easily win this game. If not, the New York Liberty will win the season series.

Washington at Dallas - Thursday, July 19th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm CST/8 pm EST
TV: ESPN2

In the second home game of the week, the Washington Mystics and the Dallas Wings meet up for the first time this season. This is also the first game of a back to back for the Wings. Dallas is also playing on national television and this game features two of the three stars from the 2013 WNBA Draft in Elena Delle Donne & Skylar Diggins-Smith. This game should be a good one and the Wings will need to defend not only Elena Delle Donne but Kristi Toliver as well. They will also need to guard the three-point line as the Mystics have great three-point shooters. This will be a game in which Liz Cambage may not be as efficient but Glory Johnson may be. She will be needed as well as Allisha Gray to attack the Mystics and to make it easier for Diggins-Smith to score. The bench will also need to be relied upon in order to get this win.

Dallas at Chicago - Friday, July 20th

Tip-off: 8:00 pm CST
TV: NBATV, U Too, WNBA League Pass

This is the second game of a back to back and it is on the road. After playing in Dallas, the Wings will immediately fly to Chicago to take on the Sky. This is the second game of the season series in which Dallas leads 1-0. This potentially could be a trap game for the Wings as they will have played the night before and may not be ready to play when they face the Sky. This will not be an easy game for the Wings as they will have to fight travel and the Sky will take advantage of it. The Dallas bench is absolutely crucial in this game as they need to be ready to help Dallas starters out to try to will the starters to a win. Otherwise, the Sky will win and it will not look pretty for the Wings.

Connecticut at Dallas - Sunday, July 22nd

Tip-off: 3:00 pm CST/4 pm EST
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Dallas +, WCCT, WNBA League Pass

The Wings will be back home for the final game in this four game, seven day stretch to take on the Connecticut Sun for the first time this season. This is the first of a three-game series. The Wings will be tired but will have to be ready to play as the Sun have started to look much better recently and the Wings need to end this game off with a win because they will not play for eight days after this game. As the last game before the WNBA All-Star break, this may be yet another trap game. Liz Cambage will need to play well as the Sun have talented forwards in Chiney Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas. They also have depth at their guard positions and so the Wings defense will be tested. If the Wings can keep the Sun's guards out of the paint and force tough shots, the Wings can win. If not, the Sun will win and the Wings will have let this home game slip. Dallas will need their bench to step up once again and to help carry the starters.

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