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WNBA: Improving Wings wrap up season series vs. Mercury

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The Dallas Wings are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the WNBA.

The Wings (4-5) have won three of their last four games after a four-game losing streak. They are 2-1 on a five-game road trip that continues Friday against the Phoenix Mercury (5-4), whom the Wings defeated 85-81 on Tuesday.

Dallas is one of the youngest teams in the league, but it has been competitive in every game. Each of its losses has been by fewer than eight points, including two overtime losses to defending champion Seattle.

“Since we’re all pretty new to this league,” Dallas guard Marina Mabrey told Sports Illustrated, “there’s so much room for growth that we can make big jumps game by game.”

On Tuesday, the Wings grabbed more than 40 rebounds (41) for the fourth straight game, the franchise’s first such streak during one season.

“I think the positive energy we have is really amazing,” Dallas forward Satou Sabally told SI. “We really came together as a team this year, and I think that has been the biggest thing that stands out to me. We were a good team last year, but I think this year we all know what we can fight for.”

Brittney Griner led the Mercury with 27 points and 16 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the young season, but Dallas’ bench scored a season-high 41 points and Phoenix’s scored just 10 after going scoreless five days earlier against Chicago.

“I need to trust my bench a little more,” Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said. “We need to make sure we’re playing defense when we’re not making baskets.”

Phoenix, which had won three straight before Tuesday’s loss, missed its first seven 3-pointers and finished 5-of-25. It shot just 41 percent from the field.

“We didn’t execute badly,” Griner said. “We were getting good looks. I have all the confidence in my teammates. We’ll be fine.”

This game completes the three-game season series. The Mercury beat the Wings 89-85 on May 29 in Dallas.

–Field Level Media

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