Arlington, TX — After holding their second-longest win streak of four games, the Dallas Wings weren’t able to ward off the looming storm any longer. That storm came delivered directly through the very capable hands of Breanna Stewart, the former UConn Husky and last year’s WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Coming into the home of the top pick for this year’s Rookie of the Year, Dallas’ Allisha Gray, one could take a guess that the four-time NCAA Final Four MVP wasn’t going to take it easy on her.
Stewart finished with 30, leading all scorers, while also grabbing 10 boards. This is her 12th game in a row that she scored in double figures and fourth game out of the last five that she’s scored over 20 points.
“You know, I was just being really aggressive. My team does a great job of when I get into the game like that, continuing to help me get open and get good shots,” Stewart said.
With these kinds of performances, she leaves no doubt she earned all of her accolades in the last few years.
With these kinds of performances, she leaves big shoes to fill to the next reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year.
That being said, many assume that those shoes are going to filled by none other than Dallas’ own Allisha Gray. While Gray and Stewart have different physiques and hold different roles on their respective teams, they both have a tenacity and drive when on the floor.
Their hustle is outmatched and their game was quickly respected in the league, which was one of the reasons that Gray received Rookie of the Month in May, but Saturday all eyes were on Stewart.
“She was just Breanna Stewart, she played her game. She had a good game, she is a great player,” Gray said. “And great players show up and do work on nights like this. She just had a great game.”
In an otherwise disappointing loss for the Wings, Gray was one of the few positives that came out of the Saturday performance as she finished with 15 points in a 6-for-12 shooting night.