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WNBA: Arike Ogunbowale carries Wings late in win over Mystics

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Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, including a key three-point play and a free throw down the stretch, to help the visiting Dallas Wings to an 82-77 win over the host Washington Mystics on Thursday.

The fourth quarter went back and forth with the Mystics holding a 77-74 lead with 2:50 to play. The Wings answered with a Moriah Jefferson jumper with 2:26 left, and Ogunbowale’s three-point play with 1:06 left pushed Dallas in front by two. Ogunbowale’s free throw with 9.2 seconds remaining all but cemented the win for Dallas.

Isabelle Harrison added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wings (11-14), with Jefferson scoring 11 and Awak Kuier adding nine for Dallas. Wings forward Satou Sabally (Achilles) missed her fourth straight game, and Dallas was forced to play Thursday without guard Allisha Gray after she sustained a concussion Aug. 20 against Indiana.

Myisha Hines-Allen led the Mystics (9-15) with 16 points while Theresa Plaisance and Ariel Atkins scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Washington.

Elena Delle Donne, in only her third game back after missing close to two years with a back injury, had just seven points after scoring 16 and 18 points, respectively, in her past two outings.

Atkins scored eight points and Washington hit 11 of its 15 shots (73.3 percent) in the first quarter while building a 26-18 lead after 10 minutes of play. Dallas parried with a strong second period on both ends of the floor, pulling to within 36-32 on a layup by Harrison at the 3:45 mark before the Mystics ended the quarter with a 7-2 run and headed to the break up 43-34.

Hines-Allen led the Mystics with 10 points over the first two periods. Washington led despite being outrebounded 21-11 and 9-1 on the offensive glass.

Ogunbowale had 11 points in the half for Dallas while Harrison added 10, but the rest of the team combined for just 13 points on 6 of 22 shooting from the field.

Dallas swept to the front late in the third quarter, leading by as many as four points, at 55-51, after Kuier knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:47 to play. Washington reassumed the advantage at 59-58 by the end of the quarter, setting the stage for a furious finish.

The two teams will meet again Saturday in the nation’s capital.

–Field Level Media

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