Arlington, TX — Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kayla Thornton snapped the WNBA's longest winning streak, defeating the Chicago Sky 112-106 in the first double overtime game of the year on Saturday afternoon at the College Park Center. The Dallas Wings (10-11) now sit just under the .500 mark after stealing the once 11-point lead from the Chicago Sky (6-13).
“We made some big plays in the last overtime, and in regulation,” stated Dallas’ head coach Fred Williams. “It is really showing the character of the team- buckling down and giving our young players opportunity to shine and show what they can do.”
Thornton sent the game into the first overtime, after attacking the weak side of the glass with a putback, with 4.1 seconds in regulation time. The basket sent the Wings into its second overtime of the season.
But it was Diggins-Smith who sent the game into double overtime. Although Dallas went 2-for-21 beyond the arc during regulation time, that didn’t stop Diggins-Smith from draining a three-pointer with 3.4 seconds on the clock.
“It just put us even. It just gave us another five minutes to try to put the game in our hands,” said Diggins-Smith. “Luckily we had people come off the bench and did a great job for us tonight with Kaela Davis and Kayla Thornton to be specific.”
Diggins-Smith had her third straight 20-plus point game, pacing the Wings with a team-high 26-points, while South Carolina rookie Kaela Davis was a difference maker with a career-high of 23 points.
“It was relentless. I thought there were a lot of times where we could have just hung our heads and just throw the towel in, but we didn’t and like I said it shows a lot of character about this team,” said Davis.
Glory Johnson added 12 points and nine rebounds, as she led the team in rebounds for the 15th time in total boards this season before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Dallas owned one thing tonight: the free throw line, scoring 39 of 44, as the Sky lost momentum from the stoppage of play with 32 personal fouls. Seven Wings players shot perfectly from the charity stripe for the first time this season.
And this wasn’t the only season accomplishment, as the Wings ended with a season-high of 45 total rebounds.
“We didn’t do what we were supposed to do defensively, they got too many offensive rebounds, too many free throws – that’s what they’re good at. And that’s what we gave up,” said Chicago’s Allie Quigley.
After the Chicago Sky’s home win over Dallas on Wednesday night, July 12, the Wings struggled in the third quarter, putting up 11 ½ points in the previous two games. In order to beat the Sky in the second matchup of the week, Dallas would need to outscore the Sky in the third stanza and not allow them to score three pointers. And tonight, they did just that.
Dallas held the Sky to 26.3 percent shooting from the three-point line and outscored the Sky 24-22 in tonight’s third period matchup.
The Wings defense only allowed Quigley, one of the Sky’s three-point threats, to score eight-points after scoring an impressive 14 of the Sky’s 22 points in the opening quarter. Stefanie Dolson had a team-high of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Jessica Breland had 23 points and six rebounds.
Courtney Vandersloot filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and five steals yet, her team ran out of gas against Dallas.
The Chicago Sky hit the road to play the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN 2, while the Dallas Wings head to Minnesota to take on the Lynx on Wednesday, July 19 at 12:00 p.m. CT.