The Dallas Wing fell to the Minnesota Lynx 70-67 in a tightly contested home opener at College Park Center Saturday night. Coming off the bench, Kayla Thornton led the team with a game-high 12 points. She was joined by rookie Arike Ogunbowale, 11 points, and Azura Stevens, 10 points, as the Wings leading scorers. Stevens also paced the team in rebounding, collecting eight total rebounds.
The Wings got on the scoreboard first with an Ogunbowale lay in and Glory Johnson set the defensive tone the next trip down the court by collecting one of the two blocks she’d tally on the night in the fourth home opener meeting between the two teams. The first 10 minutes of the game saw three ties and four lead changes.
With the Wings down by two going into the second frame, the Lynx would go on a tear and score 25 points in the quarter and Minnesota would take a 41-27 advantage into the halftime break. Through the third quarter the Wings would slowly comeback, inching within six heading into the final quarter. Allisha Gray would bring the team within two with 7:09 remaining in the game, but Minnesota would find a way to elude the Wings with three-point shooting and late free throws, not letting the Wings bring it closer than three points.
The Wings are back in action Friday, June 7 against the Indiana Fever at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
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