WNBA East Week 2 Weekend Recap 

The Dallas Wings were the squad to watch with a two-game win streak while the New York Liberty struggled on home court. 

By Ashley Mouzzon 

The WNBA East faced some tough matchups from the western conference with the Dallas Wings taking down the Washington Mystics 94–86. The action did not stop there as the Atlanta Dream were unsuccessful against the Las Vegas Aces with a blowout loss of 96–73. Again, the New York Liberty struggled in overtime against the Indiana Fever and failed to find their rhythm against the Dallas Wings. The Connecticut Sun took down the Los Angeles Sparks in a huge double-digit win and are now undefeated heading into week three. While the Chicago Sky struggled shooting against the Minnesota Lynx, they were still able to manage a win. Another exciting weekend in the books, and some teams will have little time to rest until they are right back at it for week four!

Washington Mystics’ Tianna Hawkins / Frames of the Game presented by Capital One (WNBA) 

Dallas Wings soar to victory over Washington Mystics 94–86

The Mystics got off to an excellent start and ended the first quarter with a 10-point lead. After that first quarter, the second and third were extremely rocky as they slowly allowed the Wings to catch up; by the fourth quarter the Wings secured an 11-point lead. Even with Alysha Clark back on the floor, the Mystics could not convert and struggled to hold on to the ball, resulting in 19 turnovers. 

The Wings’ offense was unstoppable as multiple players including guard Arike Ogunbowale shot a 50% three-point average and ended with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Also, a highly questionable delayed offensive foul in the fourth quarter on Mystics center Myisha Hines-Allen was upgraded to a flagrant 2 and she was ejected from the game. The Mystics face the Wings early in week three and will seek redemption with hopes of Natasha Cloud returning from health and safety protocol. 

Las Vegas Aces dominate Atlanta Dream 96–73 

The Atlanta Dream went into this matchup with a two-game win streak, but the Aces were on the hunt for a win after their loss to the Washington Mystics. The Dream struggled in the first quarter with only 12 points and were unable to make quality shot selections. Their efforts improved slightly in the second quarter, but by the half they were facing a 16-point deficit. Once the Aces were hot, the Dream could not find their rhythm to close the gap. They didn’t seem to have an answer for Aces guard Kelsey Plum, who notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Despite this loss, the Dream’s Aari McDonald had the hot hand with a career high of 20 points and shot 50% from the three-point line. 

New York Liberty fall to Indiana Fever in OT 92–86 

The New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever were neck and neck in this exciting match up until the Fever began to pull away in the third quarter. The Liberty failed to land quality shots and hit only 11.8% from the field. The Fever’s Victoria Vivians had an outstanding game with 20 points and 3 rebounds. Her efforts offensively helped keep the pace for the Fever to stay in contention with the Liberty. Throughout the fourth quarter, the Liberty found a second wind, particularly Sabrina Ionescu who began to knock down threes with an intensity she found late in the game. Her last three in the fourth quarter gave the Liberty the chance to continue on to overtime. She ended her night with 31 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds. If the Liberty had found that momentum a little earlier, they could have ended the game in regulation play. 

Connecticut Sun shine on the Los Angeles Sparks with a huge win 77–60 

After losing to the Liberty, the Sun had a full week to fix any inconsistencies before facing the Los Angeles Sparks. That seven-day break allowed the Sun to show up and deliver with a strong first half of basketball. Going into the second half, the Sun were up 24 points, but failed to keep a fast pace and only scored 8 points in the third quarter.

 “I thought we competed hard,” Sun coach Curt Miller told the AP. “I thought at times we got out hustled. We tried to play with more tempo.”

Despite the rough third quarter, the Sun were able to rally back and score 20 points in the final quarter, dealing the Sparks their second loss of the season. Alyssa Smith had an outstanding game with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. 

Chicago Sky fight for win against Minnesota Lynx 82–78

The Chicago Sky came to play against the Minnesota Lynx as they kept a small lead throughout the night. The Sky’s offense was not doing well and remained steady in shooting under 41% for field goals. If they want to have another successful season, they will need to make more quality shot selections to improve their field goal percentage. Courtney Vandersloot earned her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also, forward Emma Meesseman grabbed 17 points, 7 steals, and 7 rebounds to help her team to victory. 

New York Liberty fail to rise above Dallas Wings 81–71 

This was not the weekend for the New York Liberty. Despite being at home for two games in a row, they were unable to secure a win. Now on a losing streak of three games in a row, it is clear the Liberty have a rough time keeping an evenly paced game. In their matchups this weekend, they found their groove too late in the game. Against the Wings, Sabrina Ionescu was struggling to heat up as she only scored seven points in the first half. Stephanie Dolson fouled out for the second time in a row and Han Xu came onto the court ready to ball. Xu played 15 minutes and scored 10 points overall. It seemed that once the Wings picked up the pace, the Liberty could not match it nor did they have an answer for Arike Ogunbowale who racked up 21 points and shot 44% from the three-point line. 

Atlanta Dream fight their way through to beat Indiana Fever 85–79

The battle of the rookies was on in the first meeting between the Atlanta Dream and the Indiana Fever. Both teams were evenly paced throughout the first half and were tied at 36 going into the third quarter. The Dream’s Rhyne Howard helped her team with a career high of 33 points; she could not be stopped. On the other hand, the Fever’s NaLyssa Smith had a career high of 18 points; these rookies are showing off early in the season and we cannot wait to see more. Despite multiple scoring options from the Fever, the Dream proved to be more powerful offensively with an overall 49% shooting average to the Fever’s 41%.

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