Dallas, TX. – There was no overtime needed for the Dallas Wings to beat the Phoenix Mercury Tuesday, 100-90. It was the second time Dallas had beat Phoenix in four days, after a triple-overtime battle Saturday.
Skylar Diggins had 20 and Odyssey Sims added 17 for the Wings. DeWanna Bonner led all Mercury scorers with 26 points, while Diana Taurasi added 19. The Wings, who have now won three straight, played relaxed and have appeared to find their groove, winning with a balanced attack.
“We’re slowly starting to gel coming off of a six game skid. Now on a three-game winning streak, two coming against a championship caliber team,” Diggins said. “We’re just having fun again.”
The Mercury have now lost three in a row. Tuesday they were without Candice Dupree, who sat out with a foot injury.
The Wings lead at the half, 48-44, and went on a scoring tear in the third quarter, when they torched the baskets on 71 percent shooting. They remained in control of the game until the final two minutes, where Bonner scored eight points to bring the Mercury within five. But her effort was not enough to get the win before time expired.
“I think they (Dallas) had that home crowd that was amazing,” Bonner said. “That gave them an extra boost down the stretch and they hit some huge shots. Every time we kind of got back into it, they hit some huge shots.”
Dallas ended the game making 52.8 percent of their shots, which is a season high. All 12 Wings players played in the game for the first time this season. The team has been resilient through injury and player suspension, and are now utilize]ing their entire roster.
“It’s a good sign that we have all 12 players,” coach Fred Williams said. “The first seven games or so, we started out with pretty much eight, to now having opportunities to rotate players in and get different combinations of speed and size and it helps a lot.”
The Wings will play the next two games at home against the San Antonio Stars on Thursday, and the Indiana Fever on Saturday.