The Dallas Wings inch closer to a playoff berth, thanks to six players scoring in double figures.
Glory Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 and 11 assists, while Theresa Plaisance had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Dallas beat the Atlanta Dream 90-86 on Saturday night.
The victory gave Dallas (14-16) a half-game lead over Seattle for seventh place in the WNBA standings and a two-game cushion over Chicago in the race for the final playoff spots.
“I know it, I can sense it, I can feel it,” Diggins-Smith said of a playoff berth. “It’s really exciting having that opportunity ahead of us. But it can come down to the wire so we also understand we need to take care of business these next four games.”
“Teams really collapse on Sky and try to double-team her,” head coach Fred Williams said. “She’s learned how to find the other open players.”
The Wings didn’t make things easy for themselves in the fourth quarter. They allowed two open Dream layups in the final minutes, leaving Williams visibly frustrated on the sidelines.
When Brittney Sykes’ 3-pointer cut the Dallas lead to five with 18.7 seconds remaining, Diggins-Smith double-dribbled. A Layshia Calrendon jumper made it a three-point game but Karima Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws to seal the win.
Now Dallas will embark on a three-game road trip to try to clinch a playoff spot. The Wings have won only four out of 14 games away from College Park Center in 2017.
“Teams play well at home just like we play well at home,” Williams said. “We’re planning on going out and putting together a good combination of two halves and try to come out victorious in a few of these games.”