Seattle, WA -- The rookie stepped up Thursday night to secure the road win for Dallas. Aerial Powers went 7-for-10 in the field and finished with 19 points.
Coach Fred Williams reflected on Powers' overall effort in the close win.
"She played with a lot of energy tonight. I thought she was on rhythm, especially in transition being aggressive and shooting her jumpshot," he said.
Powers' emotions got the best of her with a small altercation with Jewell Lloyd resulting in a double technical.
"I told her to go out and just relax and play", said Williams. "When she got the opportunity to pretty much go one on one, shake and bake and shoot her shot she did that. She still made a few rookie mistakes defensively with some fouls, but she made it up on the offensive end tonight."
Wings leader Skylar Diggins, had a rough night shooting, finishing only with eight points. She also racked up five turnovers.
"Luckily we have a team full of pros it's just the next man in," Diggins said. "For me, I'm more about being a leader tonight with turnovers and didn't really get into a rhythm offensively but everyone stepped it up," she said.
Diggins praised her team and saw the positives in grinding out a win.
"Aerial Powers was huge for us tonight. Having a rookie like that coming in ready to play...we got a tough one on the road," she said.
The Wings came together as a unit to pull this one off. "Total team effort. We really don't care who gets the glory we want to feed the hot hand and go to who is on. We are truly glad we got the win," Diggins said.
Seattle did not give up without a fight, but just fell short at the end. Lloyd finished with 24 points; 13 of which came from one quarter alone. "They just came up with a couple more plays," Lloyd said.
Rebounding is a focus for the Storm, as they gear up for the road for the next few games.
"We are taking steps towards on how we want to play and we have to go back to the drawing board to come back and compete next game," Lloyd said.
As far as the Wings, they will be looking to add more wins to their record heading back to protect their home court Saturday verse Indiana.
Unselfishly, Powers only spoke on her teams' overall success, instead of highlighting her own breakout game. "We were hustling and had fight. We kept fighting runs from both teams, back-and-forth, but we kept our composure made some good plays down the stretch and came out with the victory. We have to take this momentum into our next game," said Powers.