Wings clinch postseason with win over Fever behind Satou Sabally’s career night

Wings clinch postseason with win over Fever behind Satou Sabally's career night

Jul 22, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally (0) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Sparks guard Layshia Clarendon (25) during the second quarter at College Park Center.
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Satou Sabally established career highs of 40 points and seven 3-pointers, and the Dallas Wings clinched a playoff spot with a 110-100 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night in Indianapolis.

Sabally made 13 of 19 field-goal attempts, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range, after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. She had 15 points on five treys in the final quarter.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and hit five 3-pointers for Dallas (20-16), who is the fourth WNBA team to wrap up a postseason bid.

Aliyah Boston had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points for the Fever (11-25), who were eliminated from postseason consideration. Indiana also had a three-game winning streak halted.

NaLyssa Smith recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kristy Wallace had 14 points and Erica Wheeler added 12 points and 10 assists for the Fever, who shot 49.3 percent from the field and were 10 of 23 from 3-point range.

The Wings made a stellar 14 of 24 from 3-point range (58.3 percent) and shot 50.6 overall from the field.

Sabally made a buzzer-beating basket to end the third quarter as Dallas held an 80-77 lead. She then made two treys in the first 44 seconds of the fourth to give the Wings a nine-point advantage.

After Smith split two free throws to halt a 12-0 run by Dallas, Sabally drained another 3-pointer 11 seconds later to make it 93-78 with 7:50 left. The Fever ran off the next seven points to pull within eight before Sabally hit two more 3-pointers — the latter one from 30 feet — to give the Wings a 99-85 lead with 4:18 remaining.

Sabally scored 28 points in the second half.

Ogunbowale made four treys while scoring 18 first-half points as Dallas took a 54-46 lead. Boston had 14 in the half for Indiana.

Boston’s basket with 4:43 left in the half gave Indiana a 44-43 lead before the Wings closed with an 11-2 surge.

Dallas led by 10 early in the third quarter before the Fever went on an 18-6 run, taking a 64-62 lead on Mitchell’s 3-pointer. But the Wings overtook Indiana to lead by three entering the final stanza.

—Field Level Media

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