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Surging Wings, Aces poised for clash in desert

Field Level Media
13 Jun 2021, 06:55 GMT+10

The high-flying Dallas Wings will seek their fourth straight win when they conclude a challenging five-game road trip against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday.

Dallas (5-5) heads to Las Vegas on the heels of a 77-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday. It was the Wings' fourth victory in five outings and allowed Dallas to capture two games from the Mercury over a four-day span and clinch the season-series with Phoenix.

Arike Ogunbowale paced the Wings in Friday's win with 20 points, extending her league-leading and franchise-record double-digit scoring streak to 47 games. Satou Sabally added 17 points for Dallas, with Moriah Jefferson scoring a season-high 11.

Bella Alarie matched a career-high with nine rebounds in the victory, as the Wings finished with 40-29 edge on the glass, marking a franchise-high fifth straight game with at least 40 boards.

Dallas' five losses have been by three, seven, six, four and three points, an average of 4.6 points per game.

"At some point, you look around and you realize we're very talented," Dallas team president Greg Bibb told Sports Illustrated earlier this week. "I'm not surprised by the fact that it's happening. But I am surprised at how quickly and by what measure it's happening."

The Aces (7-3) play for the first time since June 5, with their most recent game a 96-93 victory at Washington.

Liz Cambage led Las Vegas with 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jackie Young scored 22 points and Riquna Williams added 20 for the Aces. But it was A'ja Wilson's late buckets, a pair of free throws and two rebounds in the closing seconds that made the difference. Wilson racked up 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds in the win.

Las Vegas has won two straight, five of its past six games and comes off a stretch of three road contests in five days. Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said his team needed the break.

"We need the practice time, no question about that, especially for the players that aren't playing," Laimbeer said after the win in Washington. "But I think we also need some rest. The players are going to be just fine. This is a good break for us."

--Field Level Media

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