After a successful road trip to begin its inaugural WNBA season, the Dallas Wings make their home debut against San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at College Park Center in Arlington.
“Very excited, home opener and it’s a different feel than preseason play,” Wings coach Fred Williams said. “You got the 12 players on the floor now and this is our team and we get to see the fans come in here tomorrow to cheer us on.”
The Wings (2-1) began the season with a 90-79 win over the Indiana Fever, last season’s WNBA Finals runner-up. Four players scored in double figures, led by Plenette Pierson’s 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
Coming out 2-1 on the road is great in this league. You come out 1-2 is great because anybody can get you on any given night.
Dallas Wings coach Fred Williams on the team’s 2-1 start
Dallas lost to New York 79-71 on Sunday before finishing the trip with an 87-77 win over Washington on Wednesday. Odyssey Sims led the way with 22 points, going 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
“Coming out 2-1 on the road is great in this league. You come out 1-2 is great because anybody can get you on any given night,” Williams said.
Skylar Diggins (knee) has yet to play and remains day-to-day, but Williams is hopeful she makes her return soon.
“Still day-to-day, I just see in practice, much better in the flow and contact of things,” Williams said. “Pretty much a game-time decision, depends on how she feels, but hopefully she gets out there. If it’s tomorrow, that’s great, but if not, we look forward to the Atlanta game.”
Aerial Powers, Dallas’ first-round draft pick in April from Michigan State, has averaged 8.7 points in 20.3 minutes through the first three games.
“She has a lot of energy,” Diggins said.
“Aerial is just a tremendous fighter. She likes to go out and play hard, she’s fearless,” Williams added.
Powers sees the difference between the professional and college game, just a few months removed from her last season with the Spartans.
“It’s faster, it’s a lot faster pace and physical too,” she said.
Through their first three games, the Wings rank seventh in the league with 82.7 points per game and are sixth in the league, giving up 78.3.
[I’m] nervous and happy at the same time. We’re just rolling right now. Hopefully we can get to 3-1 and get a couple wins here at home.
Odyssey Sims of the Wings, who played high school basketball at Irving MacArthur
San Antonio (0-2) is coming off two close losses — 73-63 to Atlanta in overtime on May 14, and 72-68 against Connecticut on Thursday. The Stars rank third in the league at giving up 72.5 points per game. This will be their first road game.
Sims expects a strong showing, having graduated just 17 miles away at Irving MacArthur. The third-year pro is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.
“[I’m] nervous and happy at the same time,” Sims said. “We’re just rolling right now. Hopefully we can get to 3-1 and get a couple wins here at home.”
Wings vs. San Antonio Stars
7:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSW, NBA TV