Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Wings score final nine points, stun Fever

Field Level Media
01 Aug 2020, 12:55 GMT+10

The Dallas Wings overcame a six-point deficit in the last 3 1/2 minutes, scoring the game's final nine points to defeat the Indiana Fever 76-73 on Friday in Bradenton, Fla.

With the game tied at 73 with 1:24 remaining, Tyasha Harris went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to give Dallas (2-1) its first lead since the second quarter.

Satou Sabally extended the advantage by sinking two free throws with 8.9 seconds remaining. Sabally, the No. 2 pick in this year's WNBA Draft, had her first double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.

Neither team shot the ball very well from the field with Indiana (1-2) shooting 36.1 percent and the Wings converting only 35.1 percent of their field-goal tries.

Dallas' leading scorer, Arike Ogunbowale, shot a dismal 5-for-22 from the field, including 1-for-10 from beyond the arc, to finish with 15 points.

Indiana's three leading scorers on the season -- Kelsey Mitchell (eight points on Friday), Tiffany Mitchell (11) and Candice Dupree (11 points) -- all shot under 30 percent from the field. Stephanie Mauvunga came off the bench to score 11 points for the Fever.

Indiana started well, jumping out to a 13-6 lead over the first six-plus minutes of the game. However, Kayla Thornton led the Wings charge with seven points over the next few minutes, nad Dallas ended the first quarter with a 19-17 advantage.

The Fever took over in an impressive second-quarter performance. Indiana outscored Dallas 26-12 in the second quarter, despite only shooting 7 of 17 from the field. However, Indiana did get to the free-throw line 11 times and hit 10 of those free shots to go into the half up 43-31.

Out of the break, the Wings started to chip away at the Fever's double-digit advantage. Sabally scored 10 points in the third period as Dallas cut the deficit to 62-57.

The Wings continued to hang around until back-to-back layups by Ogunbowale and Harris tied the game at 73.

Indiana's Lauren Cox, the third overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, did not play but could see her first action of her professional career in the Fever's Sunday game against the Atlanta Dream. Cox is recovering from COVID-19.

--Field Level Media

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