Mabrey’s 22 leads Dallas Wings over Lynx to complete comeback victory, 94-78
Heading into Saturday night’s WNBA Commissioner’s Cup game, the Dallas Wings had won 3 of 4 games to start the season with a 3-2 record. The Wings have had a pattern this year by starting off games with high turnovers and low percentage shot selection to trail at halftime in many games this year. This evening was not any different. The Wings trailed 45-43 at halftime, but were lucky to be going into the locker room trailing by one possession.
After allowing 27 points to the Lynx in the first quarter, the Wings made adjustments to fight back in the second quarter and allow 18 points, but more importantly outscore the Lynx 21 to 18. The second half belonged to the Dallas Wings. Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale combined for 42 points to solidify the victory.
A turning point in the game was late in the third quarter, the Wings trailed 49-48 with 8 minutes left. An amazing individual play by Wings’ Kayla Thornton, who knocked down a 3-point shot, demonstrated that the Wings were not going to surrender the lead again. That’s exactly what happened. The Wings never trailed again and impressively held the Lynx to only 19 points in the third quarter. Dallas had a collective effort by the entire team, Thornton finished with 12 points, and the bench combined for 27 points. Dallas shot 33% from three-point range, 85% from the free throw line, and a combined 39 rebounds to win their 4th game of the year.
Dallas now travels to face the 3-1 Connecticut Suns on Tuesday for their first meeting of the year.