Dallas Wings Schedule Preview: June 26th to July 1st

The Dallas Wings will look to regroup after they went 1-2 last week and get back on the winning track this week.

 The Dallas Wings had a tough week, as they faced top opponents in the Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks as well as the defending WNBA champion, the Minnesota Lynx. They finished with a 1-2 record, with losses to both the Storm and the Lynx and a win against the Los Angeles Sparks. Before we get into the schedule preview, let's take a look back at last week's games with the brief game recaps.

Dallas at Minnesota - Game Recap

The Dallas Wings started off this week on the road against the Minnesota Lynx. Despite their current record at that time, the Lynx had started to pick up momentum and were playing high-level basketball. This was going to be a tough game for the Wings to win and it ended up being the case as the Wings lost. Although the final score indicates that it was a close game, it was not. The Lynx had a 27-16 first quarter lead and extended it to a 16 point lead first half. The Lynx shot 55% from three in the first half. The Lynx increased their lead to 22 midway through the third quarter when the Wings went on a run. Although they showed fight in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late. The Lynx had already established themselves in the first three quarters and it was enough for the Lynx to hold on. The Wings record dropped to 5-5 on the season.

Los Angeles at Dallas - Game Recap

 Coming into this game, the Dallas Wings had just lost to the Minnesota Lynx on the road and were looking to get a win against the Sparks. The Dallas Wings trailed early in this game before Wings rookie forward Azura Stevens and forward Allisha Gray hit a couple of threes in the first quarter that saw the Wings take an eight-point lead. This was also rookie's Azura Steven's first career start of the game. What was interesting about that first quarter is Wings center Liz Cambage picked up two quick fouls early and Glory Johnson did an excellent job while she was sitting out during that first quarter. Liz Cambage got it going in the second quarter and the Wings extended their lead to 14 at halftime. Azura Stevens got it going in the third quarter and finished with a new career high with 13 points. It was also the highest scoring third quarter for the Wings so far this season as they scored 30 points.  The Wings never looked back as they cruised the rest of the way to a blow out victory over the first place Los Angeles Sparks. This was an impressive win and by far, the best win yet for the Wings. It showcased their ability to be a dangerous playoff contender when everyone is healthy and playing well.

Seattle at Dallas - Game Recap

The Dallas Wings were coming off a home win against the Los Angeles Sparks and were looking for another home win against the Seattle Storm. However, their defense left them in the first half in which Seattle shot 50% from the floor and 47% from three. Seattle storm coach Dan Hughes briefly left the floor after he had a hard collision with the Wings Kayla Thornton. He came back to the sidelines mid second quarter. Dallas did cut the lead thanks to Liz Cambage scoring 20 first-half points. Dallas cut Seattle's lead to seven points at the half. The Wings fought in the third quarter and tied Seattle for the lead. The Wings were down by three heading into the fourth quarter when the Seattle Storm pulled away after the Wings tied the game briefly at 68 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Storm outscored the Dallas Wings 29 to 12 in the final quarter. The Wings could not stop Breanna Stewart who scored 12 points in the final quarter. She finished with a game-high 28 points and had 12 rebounds. After scoring 23 points through the first three quarters, Liz Cambage was held scoreless the rest of the way. The Dallas Wings defense let them down this game as they allowed the Storm to shoot 52% from the floor and 44% from three.

With a 6-6 record, the Dallas Wings enter Week 6, hoping to turn things around. They have yet another tough week as they face the Los Angeles Sparks again, this time on the road as well as the Las Vegas Aces on a road back to back. They face the Minnesota Lynx yet again, this time at home.

Dallas at Los Angeles - Tuesday, June 26th

Tip-off: 7:30 pm local time, 9:30 pm CST, 10:30 pm EST

TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Twitter, WNBA League Pass

The Dallas Wings are entering this game after losing to the Storm at home. This is another tough week and it starts with facing the Los Angeles Sparks at home. The Wings won in a blow out last week and the Sparks will have revenge on their minds. It is important for the Dallas Wings to get off to a good start against the Los Angeles Sparks otherwise it will be a long night. The Wings are going to need repeat performances from their rookie Azura Stevens who scored a career-high 13 points against the Sparks last game as well as guard/forward Allisha Gray who scored 15 points the last time these two teams met. They will need to defend against Candace Parker and Nneka Oguwmike who did not play well last game. They will also need to slow down Chelsea Gray and Odyssey Sims. If the Wings defense can do all that, they can get an important win over the Sparks. If not, the Sparks will be victorious.

Dallas at Las Vegas - Wednesday, June 27th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm local time, 9:00 pm CST, 10:00 pm EST

TV: NBATV, AT&T SportsNet- Rocky Mountain, WNBA League Pass

The Dallas Wings do not have that much time to sit around and think about the Sparks game, because they have to immediately jump on a flight and head to Las Vegas. This is the second game of a road back to back and it is known as the "trap" game. It is a trap game because the Wings will be tired from the night before, the Aces will be ready and if the Wings do not have it early, the Aces will win. The Aces have been much better recently thanks to their rookie star A'ja Wilson and guard Kayla McBride who is rounding back into her All-Star form. The Wings duo of Cambage and Diggins-Smith will have to be on target as the Aces will have a much harder time beating the Wings if both players are playing well. If the Wings can slow down Wilson and McBride and get help from the bench, they will get a win.

Minnesota at Dallas - Sunday, July 1st

Tip-off: 3:00 pm local time, 4:00 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Dallas Plus, Fox Sports North Plus, WNBA League Pass

The Dallas Wings come back from their two-game road back to back to face the Minnesota Lynx at home. This is yet another tough game for the Wings. This will also be the last time these two teams met this season. The Lynx have won the season series from the Wings, winning the two previous games. The Lynx are not an easy matchup for the Wings as they are difficult to guard both on the perimeter and on the inside. Cambage has her hands full dealing with Sylvia Fowles and Kayla Thornton/Glory Johnson/Allisha Gray have a hard time dealing with Maya Moore. If the Wings are going to win this game, they need to show they can play good defense for a long time. They show stretches, but not more than that. They are also going to need to shoot well from the three-point land to stretch the defense. But the most important part, is that the Wings move the ball and Skylar Diggins-Smith has a huge impact in this game. Otherwise, the Lynx will sweep the season series from the Wings.

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