Wings look to build on momentum against Fever

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The Dallas Wings will try to build on the momentum from one of their grittiest wins of the year when they host the reeling Indiana Fever on Friday in Arlington, Texas.

The Wings head home after an 80-76 win in Chicago on Tuesday that snapped a four-game losing streak. Dallas (10-13) was led by Allisha Gray’s 20 points.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 15 points for the Wings (10 in the second half) against the Sky, while Isabelle Harrison also added 15 off the bench and Moriah Jefferson hit for 11 points, including a key basket in the final minutes, to help secure the victory.

Dallas outrebounded the Sky 45-32 and had 15 offensive rebounds after recording just one offensive board in Sunday’s loss at home to Connecticut. The Wings played their second straight game without injured forward Satou Sabally.

“Tonight, we really rebounded the ball very well … and we passed the ball very well with 20 assists,” Wings coach Vickie Johnson said after Tuesday’s win. “All five starters had at least five rebounds … and in the second half we shot over 47 percent, which is huge.”

The Fever travel to Texas for the third of a three-game road swing after an 84-80 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday. Indiana (4-18) has dropped both outings since returning from the Olympic break and has the worst record in the WNBA.

Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana with 20 points and had a bucket late that brought the Fever to within two points before the Mercury made the plays in the final seconds to clinch the win. Victoria Vivians scored 16 points for Indiana, with Danielle Robinson adding 14 and Tiffany Mitchell hitting for 11 points.

“There’s no easy games in this league as you all know, they’re all tough, and everybody has their challenges,” Fever coach Marianne Stanley said. “We are going to Dallas to go and try to win a game. We want to play a complete 40 minutes.”

–Field Level Media

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