As the race for the final two spots carries on, the Dallas Wings became the sixth team to qualify for the 2022 WNBA playoffs.
Climbing to a record of 17-16, the Wings clinched their playoff berth with an 86-77 win over the New York Liberty on Tuesday.
Interestingly, Dallas has made up ground with limited minutes from star Arike Ogunbowale during this critical stretch.
The Wings upset both the Chicago Sky and the Las Vegas Aces without Ogunbowale last week, behind strong performances from Teaira McCowan and Marina Mabrey.
They’ll need to carry that energy into the postseason, as Ogunbowale is set to miss the rest of the regular season and at least the first series of the playoffs after undergoing a procedure to repair a pelvic injury.
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Ogunbowale has played 30 games for Dallas so far this season, averaging 19.7 points and 31.4 minutes per game.
If the season ended today, the Wings would be the sixth seed and take on the third-seed Connecticut Sun in the first round of the playoffs.
Mabrey scored a career-high 31 points against the Liberty, while McCowan had 16 points and Allisha Gray scored 18 without committing a single turnover.
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The team is also on a five-game winning streak, their longest in over three years.
The Wings haven’t always looked like their best selves this season, but they’re turning it on in crunch time.
Injuries have forced extra rotation that appears to be working, and the team is rolling with the punches.
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