Dallas played preseason games against the Atlanta Dream and the Connecticut Sun in an attempt to dust off their jerseys. They’d lose 82 – 59 to the Dream and win 71 – 67 to the Sun but not before showing off some new faces. Due to limited broadcasting, all information following is based on box scores, play-by-play, and WNBA highlights.
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Let’s just say the Wings had a rough first night.
The basket was not the broad side of a barn from any level for Dallas. As a whole, the team shot 28.6% from the field and 15.8% from beyond the arc. They also shot 88.9% from the free throw line with 18 attempts. Their abysmal shooting from the field may be due to first game nerves.
Game two proved game one may be a fluke. In their 40 minute contest, the Wings showed fight as they to a four-point win.
The win had its own set of diversity testing players in a much more evenly paced game. They shot marginally better from the field and beyond the arc, 34.9%, and 19% respectively. The team showed a pulse giving us 4 double-digit scorers compared to last game’s 1.
Rookies struggle in their games
Fifth overall pick Arike Ogunbowale struggled from the field at the Mohegan Sun Center. She’d miss three shots before connecting for her first and only field goal of the day. She looks equip to shoot herself out of any upcoming slumps as she stayed aggressive in her near 20 minutes of action.
In night two Ogunbowale’s 19 points surpassed her first game total by a country mile. After easing out of those first game jitters she really showed off her jumper.
UC Davis Star Morgan Bertsch would fall victim to poor shooting like much of the team as she finished the game with 2 points. Bertsch shot 1-5 from the field with three missed three-point attempts.
Bertsch has a quieter night on Tuesday playing just three minutes as the veteran bigs received more time.
Megan Gustafson struggled to score making one of her six shots. In her one made basket she showed craftiness on the as she slipped through the defense for an to finish an up and under lay in. She also showed off her passing ability with a nice assist.
It was more of the same in Gustafson’s second night of action. She’d finish with the night sinking 2 free throws, her only points of the game. She played 5 minutes while grabbing three rebounds.
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There’s always one exception to the rule and that exception’s name is Kennedy Burke. The point guard came out the gate aggressive tallying 11 points on 40% shooting. She showed off her jump shot and ability to get to the hole at will and an assist.
Kennedy Burke proved to be the exception to the rule. In game 1 she was the only double-digit scorer in a Wings jersey. She showed off her arsenal of shots in the mid-range and at the rim.
Against the Sun she scored 13 off the bench. She improved her efficiency and even showed off her defensive chops. She’s hunting for her roster spot.
Seekamp is encouraging off the bench
The Australian star look prepared for the W in her near 19 minutes of play. She went 2-2 from the field for four points, two assists, two steals, and the turnovers.
In the limited tape available she looked like a veteran decision-maker patiently waiting for openings on a pick and roll. She also looks quick with the ball in her hands. She could really make a case for a permanent roster spot.
Seekamp didn’t fare as well in game two but was allowed to play the second most minutes off the bench. She played through rough patches collecting more turnovers than assists.
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Vets wake up for Game 2
Monday’s tune-up game isn’t what you’d expect from the returning members of the Wings. Tuesday however they played a more aggressive game. The core of Allisha Gray, Glory Johnson, Kayla Thornton, and Kaela Davis shot 11 more shots than they did in their first matchup.
Johnson and Davis score in double digits while Gray and Thornton improve their marks. The team’s rotation tightens in this game three could see them going full speed.