May 11, 2023 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Awak Kuier is ready to make the leap to stardom for Dallas Wings

Howard talks with the Dallas Wings foward about her growth in year three

It’s time for another episode of the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast. Host Howard Megdal catches up with stretch forward Awak Kuier, who is preparing to take on a bigger role with the Dallas Wings this season.

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Kuier occupies a fascinating spot on this roster — younger than some of the draftees, yet a third-year veteran ready to help both the newcomers and the vets acquired like Natasha Howard maximize their promise under the tutelage of new head coach Latricia Trammell. Hear about Kuier’s basketball journey and areas she plans to add to her game as the 2023 WNBA season draws close!

Howard started their conversation with Kuier’s ability to block shots. She has recorded a block percentage higher than six percent in each of her first two seasons.

“I think I’ve always kind of been a defensive player,” Kuier said. “So I feel like I’ve always enjoyed like, playing good on defense. So I think, half of that definitely comes from just myself and being so happy to play defense, but I think like being able to kind of understand the game and learn how everybody plays and I think that was what kind of made it easy for me to anticipate like when somebody is going for a layup or if somebody’s going for a pass. So I think that helped me a lot. And that really developed from my first year and second year.”

The two also talked about how the Dallas Wings camp feels different this season under first-year coach Latricia Trammell.

“We always start with running,” Kuier said. “I think she definitely wants us to just like, push the ball and she doesn’t really care who is pushing the ball. She just wants us to push the ball and keep running. And I think that’s something I’ve really felt like, since the first day when I came in, came back, I felt like she was always like, just ‘run, run, run.’ She was encouraging, like, even from the beginning, maybe we would have some turnovers, but she’d be like, okay, like, it’s gonna get better, like by now we just have to get used to running and running.”

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