Arlington, TX -- Some say one of the hardest things to do in life is trying to stop unwanted actions from repeating. Anything from bad habits, your parent’s unwanted routines, or mistakes you’ve done in the recent past all fall under the category of actions people don’t want to see happen again.
Both teams that hit the hardwood tonight had the opportunity to prove that they would not be repeating the season from last year.
Last season, the Dallas Wings held the same record at this time of year sitting at 8 wins and 9 losses. If you look back on what happened next for the Wings last year, they went on to lose the next 12 of 13 games they played and finished their season with 11 wins and 23 losses. That could hold to be true, that is only if history repeats itself.
On the other side of the court, the Atlanta Dream were also trying to shake their past. This season they’ve had trouble staying consistent in their matchups, falling into a three-game losing skid twice in their 13 games they’ve suited up for. With this win, they could have added a much-needed tally into the win column and paired two wins back to back.
Although, no victory is going to come easy in the WNBA and the Dallas Wings were sure to hold to that standard tonight. There were zero lead changes and zero times the Dream were able to tie the game up as the Wings came out in full force not only to reverse the tides of season’s past, but also shake off the 20-point loss they suffered at home four nights ago.
Stats, like scoring 22 points off of Atlanta's 21 turnovers and winning the boards, are the ways that the Wings were able to keep a handle on Atlanta’s effort.
To top that, the performances by Skylar Diggins-Smith and Allisha Gray also proved why the Dream was unable to hold off the Wings fight. Smith finished with 21 while back-to-back Rookie of the Month Allisha Gray dropped 20 points (a new career-high) and grabbed four boards.
When asked about her performance and her recent success, Gray stayed true to her composed character.
“For me, it’s just staying poised and staying in my element,” said Gray, the reigning Rookie of the Month. “Just playing my game.”
While Atlanta may not have been able to stop the bleeding, performances from fifth-year veteran Tiffany Hayes and rookie Brittney Sykes did not go unnoticed. Hayes dropped 16 to lead the Dream while Sykes added 15 with two steals and four rebounds.
“Atlanta is a tough team, they will always keep running at you and they have players that can smash the three’s,” Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams said.
While trying to fix last season’s woes or this season’s inconsistency may not have been a part of either team’s game plan or in the pre-game speech, the effort that both teams exuded tonight created an exciting atmosphere and showed that this season may be both team’s second chance.
Note: On top of the loss, Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle suffered an inadvertent hit to the face in the second period that may have broken her nose. Lyttle did not return to the game and only played 10:44.