Ogunbowale scores 27 factors, Sabally provides 25 and Howard 20 to assist Wings beat Dream 85-78


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 of her 27 factors as Dallas constructed a 17-point halftime lead and the Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 85-78 Saturday within the season opener for each groups.

Satou Sabally added 25 factors and Natasha Howard had 20 factors, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Dallas. Howard, a three-time WNBA champion and the league’s 2019 defensive participant of the yr, was acquired in a commerce in January.

Ogunbowale scored 12 factors — together with the ultimate 10 — in a 19-0 run that made it 33-18 when she hit a 3-pointer to cap the spurt with about six minutes left within the first half.

Allisha Grey transformed a three-point play that trimmed Atlanta’s deficit to 81-78 with 1:04 to play — the closest the Dream had been because the first quarter — however Veronica Burton and Sabally every made two free throws from there to cap the scoring.

Rhyne Howard had 20 factors and 10 rebounds for the Dream, however made simply 8 of 24 from the sphere. Cheyenne Parker added 18 factors and 11 rebounds and Grey — acquired from the Wings by way of commerce in January — had 10 factors, seven rebounds and 7 assists.

Latricia Trammell received her first sport as a WNBA head coach. Trammell, who spent the final 4 seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, changed Vickie Johnson in November. Johnson was not retained as Dallas’s coach regardless of main the staff to its first .500 season (18-18) since transferring to Dallas in 2016 and main the franchise to a playoff-game win for the primary time since 2009, once they had been nonetheless referred to as the Detroit Shock – two relocations in the past.

Diamond DeShields, acquired by the Wings from Phoenix by way of a four-team commerce in Febraury, didn’t play. The No. 3 decide within the 2018 WNBA Draft, DeShields performed about 20 minutes within the Wings’ preseason opener, however has not appeared in a sport since. The staff introduced Wednesday that the 28-year-old guard, who received the 2021 WNBA title with the Chicago Sky, would miss “prolonged time” as a consequence of a knee harm.

Atlanta’s Danielle Robinson left the sport with about eight minutes left within the first half and Dallas’ Teaira McCowan left early within the third quarter, as a consequence of left knee accidents and didn’t return.

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Extra AP ladies’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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