July 17, 2022 

Daily Briefing — July 17, 2022: Meesseman, Copper lead Sloot-less Sky past Wings

Day 61 of the WNBA season is here following an exciting game in Dallas that saw several lead changes and standout performances

Happy Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap. Day 61 of the WNBA season is here, following an exciting game in Dallas that saw several lead changes and standout performances. There was 46 combined points from Emma Meesseman and Kahleah Copper on the Sky side and 22 from Marina Mabrey on the Wings’. And all that in Dallas’ first game since it was reported that they want to trade their best player!

But first, read:

W Roundup

Dallas: I forgot to include this on Friday’s TDB, but wing Allisha Gray will “most likely” be traded this offseason, per Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV. Gray is only 27, a top-25 player in the sport, highly scalable on both ends and being paid over $30,000 below a max salary. This is, in no uncertain terms, the kind of deal you would make only if you were trying to tank or sabotage a franchise.


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Watch List, Sunday, June 17

(All times in Eastern, Game Of The Day in bold)

Las Vegas @ Connecticut, 1 p.m., ABC

Minnesota @ Washington, 3 p.m., League Pass/Facebook (Local: Bally Sports North Extra, Monumental/NBC Sports Washington)

Atlanta @ Phoenix, 6 p.m., Amazon Prime video (Local: Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Arizona Extra)

Indiana @ Seattle, 6 p.m., CBS Sports Network (Local: Facebook, FOX13/Amazon Prime video)

Saturday, July 16 recap

Chicago (19-6) beat Dallas (11-14), 89-81. The Sky led by eight after seven minutes, gave up that lead, then led by eight again in the mid-third; the Wings responded with 12-straight points but allowed an 18-6 run for Chicago across the mid-fourth. The Sky shot 7.9 percentage points better overall, but Dallas hit 22.1 better from three and took 13 more free throws; Chicago won the rebounding battle by 16; the teams only committed a combined 15 turnovers; the Sky committed 20 fouls.

Big Emma Meesseman led Chicago with 23 points on 10-for-14 FG, eight rebounds (five offensive) and seven assists against two turnovers; wing Kahleah Copper recorded a 23-point, career-high-14-rebound double-double on 9-for-16 shooting (2-5 3pt.), plus three assists against five fouls in 31 minutes; combo guard Allie Quigley had 16 points on 4-for-10 from the field (1-4 3pt.) and 7-for-7 from the line and five assists.

The Wings were led by wing Marina Mabrey’s season-high-tying 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting (3-5 3pt.), four rebounds and three assists without a turnover; off-ball guard Arike Ogunbowale had 15 points on 4-for-16 from the field (2-5 3pt.) and 5-for-6 from the line and two assists.

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

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