Ogunpoel, Dallas Diggins host Smith and Mercury

Phoenix Mercury (6-12, 3-8 Western Conference) at Dallas Wings (9-9, 5-5 Western Conference)

Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

Bottom Line: Arike Ogunbowale and Skylar Diggins-Smith meet when he faces Dallas Phoenix. Ogunbowale is third in the WNBA with an average of 19.2 points per game, and Diggins-Smith is fifth in the league with an average of 18.4 points per game.

Wings 5-5 against Western Conference competitors. Dallas is sixth in the WNBA with a 35.4 rebound led by Kayla Thornton with an average of 7.4.

Mercury 3-8 in theatrical conference. Phoenix’s movement averages 13.5 spins per game and is 3-6 when winning a spin battle.

The two teams meet for the third time this season. The wings won 93-88 in the last game on June 18. Ogunpoel led on the wing with 24 points, and Tina Charles led Mercury with 27 points.

Top players: Ogunbowale shoots 38.3% from outside the arc with 3.2 making 3 throws per game for the wing, while averaging 19.2 points and 3.6 assists. Alisha Gray has averaged 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds over Dallas’ last 10 games.

Diggins-Smith averages 18.4 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.7 steals for the Mercury. Diana Torassi has averaged 3.1 three-pointers over Phoenix’s last 10 games.

Last 10 games: Wings: 4-6, averaging 84.2 points, 36.8 rebounds, 18.7 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 42.8% from the field. Their opponents averaged 81.1 points per game.

Mercury: 4-6, averaging 83.3 points, 29.4 rebounds, 19.8 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents averaged 85.7 points.

Injuries: Wings: none included.

Mercury: Kia nurse: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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