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Ogunbowale leads Wings past Dream

Field Level Media
09 Aug 2020, 04:40 GMT+10

Arike Ogunbowale had game highs of 24 points and six assists to lead the Dallas Wings past the Atlanta Dream, 85-75, on Saturday afternoon at Bradenton, Fla.

Kayla Thornton added 17 points for Dallas.

Atlanta had four scorers in double figures: Betnijah Laney (16); Elizabeth Williams (15); Chennedy Carter (14); and Courtney Williams (14).

Dream forward Monique Billings was held to five points. She scored a career-high 30 points against Dallas in the season opener on July 26.

With Saturday's win, Dallas (3-4) snapped its three-game losing streak. Atlanta (2-5) lost its fourth straight contest.

This game was billed as a battle between two of the top five scorers in the WNBA: Carter, who entered the day ranked fifth in the league (20.3 points); and Ogunbowale, who came in fifth (19.5).

Carter, the fourth overall selection in this year's draft, made 5-for-14 from the floor, including 2-for-3 on three-pointers. She also had three assists.

However, she was frustrated for much of the game and was hit with a technical foul with 8:29 left in the fourth quarter. She was apparently upset when she didn't get the foul call she wanted.

Ogunbowale, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft, got off to a slow start in Saturday's first quarter with just two points. But the former Notre Dame national champion finished strong and. kept alive her streak of scoring at least 15 for the 18th consecutive contest, making 9-of-18 from the floor, although just 1-of-5 on three-pointers.

There were six lead changes and four tie scores in an evenly played first half that ended with Atlanta on top, 42-41. Atlanta led by as many as seven points, and Dallas' biggest advantage was five.

Dallas started to take control in the third as Ogunbowale had five points and four assists in the period, and the Wings led 65-59 entering the fourth. That momentum carried on to the fourth quarter as the Wings cruised to victory.

--Field Level Media

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