May 20, 2022
Daily Briefing — May 20, 2022: Dallas drops a Phoenix team dealing with drama
Minnesota showing more signs of life
Happy Friday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, NCAA Roundup and Yesterday’s Recap. Day 12 of the WNBA season is here, following the Dallas Wings recording a quality win — without Satou Sabally! Arike Ogunbowale went off in an actually efficient style, Marina Mabrey and Allisha Gray had career days, Awak Kuier continues to look solid, Charli Collier was a healthy scratch, and Teaira McCowan and Veronica Burton barely played. Classic Dallas!
But the real story here is, as it was two days ago, the Phoenix Mercury. After superstars Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith got into a long-anticipated feud during a timeout, the latter missed last night’s game with an unspecified illness. A situation worth monitoring, I guess.
But first, read:
- Our Jackie Powell dives into why the Liberty have floundered out of the gate, and how they plan to right the ship
- Her Hoop Stats’ Richard Cohen continues his “WNBA Dissected” with a look at fourth-year options, poor end-of-game coaching and more
- The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings answers questions about WNBA tanking strategies and the Aces’ breakouts
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Washington: Activated center Elizabeth Williams
Watch List, Friday, May 20
(All times in Eastern, Game Of The Day in bold)
Indiana @ Connecticut, 7 p.m., League Pass (Local: Indiana Fever Livestream, NESN+)
Washington @ Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., Twitter/League Pass (Local: Monumental, Bally Sports South)
Los Angeles @ Seattle, 10 p.m., League Pass (Local: SpectrumSportsnet, JOEtv/Amazon Prime video)
Out of the portal:
- Taylor Bigby: The off-ball guard out of Oregon committed to USC
- Saniya Rivers: The wing out of South Carolina committed to N.C. State
Thursday, May 19 recap
Las Vegas beat Minnesota, 93-87. The Lynx were within one possession both in the early second quarter and the early-fourth, but the Aces went on a 7-0 run in the mid-fourth. Las Vegas took seven more free-throw attempts; Minnesota committed 21 fouls.
Wing Jackie Young led the Aces with a season-high 25 points on 8-for-12 from the field, 3-for-5 from three, 6-for-7 from the line, four assists and three steals against four fouls in 37 minutes; combo forward Dearica Hamby recorded a double-double with 14 points on 6-for-12 FG (0-1 3pt., 2-6 FT) and 12 rebounds (four offensive) without a turnover; center A’ja Wilson had 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting (1-2 3pt., 6-6 FT), nine rebounds (three offensive), four assists and two steals against two turnovers and four fouls in 31 minutes; point guard Chelsea Gray notched 17 points on 6-for-10 from the field (2-4 3pt.), three rebounds, seven assists and two steals against five turnovers.
The Lynx were led by off-ball guard Aerial Powers’ season-high 25 points on 9-for-21 from the field and 3-for-7 from three, six rebounds (three offensive), six assists and two blocks; center Sylvia Fowles recorded a double-double with 20 points on 8-for-11 FG and 11 rebounds; combo forward Jessica Shepard had 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting (0-1 3pt.) and a career-high 14 rebounds for a double-double, plus three assists; off-ball guard Kayla McBride scored zero points.
Dallas beat Phoenix, 94-84. The Wings had an 11-point lead in the mid-second quarter, but the Mercury closed the gap to one by the early third; the game was within two possessions for most of the rest of the game. Dallas shot 7.5% better from the field and 22.2% better from three; the Wings notched eight blocks; the teams combined for 38 fouls.
Dallas was led by off-ball guard Arike Ogunbowale’s season-high 37 points on 11-for-24 from the field, 5-for-11 from three, and 10-for-10 from the line, four rebounds and five assists without a turnover; wing Marina Mabrey recorded her first-career double-double with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting (2-6 3pt.) and 10 assists, plus six rebounds against four turnovers and four fouls in 30 minutes; wing Allisha Gray had 16 points on 6-for-12 FG (4-6 3pt.), five rebounds, two assists and a career-high five blocks — the first five-block game by a backcourt player in Wings history.
TDB Dallas center minutes distribution watch: Isabelle Harrison, 28; Teaira McCowan, seven; Awak Kuier, five. Charli Collier did not play.
Combo guard Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with a season-high 31 points — the first such game by a player at least 39 years old — on 5-for-15 from three (4-5 from two) and 8-for-9 from the line, three rebounds and four assists; wing Diamond DeShields scored 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting (0-3 3pt.) against five fouls in 34 minutes; center Tina Charles recorded a double-double with 17 points on 5-for-15 FG (0-2 3pt., 7-7 FG) and a season-high 11 rebounds; point guard Shey Peddy had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting (0-3 3pt.), four rebounds and five assists against four fouls in 34 minutes.
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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