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Star matchup pits Diggins-Smith, Wings against Taurasi, Mercury

Star matchup pits Diggins-Smith, Wings against Taurasi, Mercury

WHAT:

The Dallas Wings (4-3) are back in front of their home crowd after a 10-day absence. Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith is fresh off a scorching performance against the Indiana Fever. Diggins-Smith recorded career-highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds in the 89-83 victory against Indiana and currently leads the WNBA in scoring with 23 points per game.

WHERE/WHEN:

Dallas hosts the Phoenix Mercury (7-3) at 7 p.m. from the College Park Center in Arlington. It will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season.

Diana Taurasi became the first WNBA player with 1,000 career 3-pointers en route to an 86-78 victory over the Wings during the season opener. Taurasi finished with 26 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage each totaled 18, respectively.

Cambage faces a tough task ahead as the 6-foot-8 center will likely earn the task of defending Mercury center Brittney Griner. Griner is currently among the top-5 leading scorers (third), averaging 21.1 points per game. Dallas has two players among the WNBA’s top-5 scoring leaders (Diggins-Smith; Cambage, 20.4).

KEYS TO THE GAME:

The battle on the boards will be an interesting follow throughout the evening as two of the league’s most imposing centers share the floor at College Park Center. Cambage currently owns the advantage between the two, averaging 10.6 rebounds per game to Griner’s 7.5 per game, respectively.

Griner and Cambage are also the WNBA’s two leading shot-blocking artists (Griner, 2.9 per game; Cambage, 2.7 per game). Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the block party when the two face each other tonight.

Look for Wings guard Diggins-Smith to follow her career-high performance with a spirited showcase against the Mercury. Despite shooting 6-of-19 during the loss in Phoenix, Diggins-Smith still managed 18 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.

HOW:

Fans can purchase tickets online. The contest is also available on multiple platforms. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and broadcast on League Pass. Fans with access to Twitter can also follow the game live through the social media platform.

Podcast host and credentialed media member covering Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Wings | Roamed the rapidly growing area of Arlington Texas for the last 25 years. I graduated Texas Tech in 2014 with my Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and currently obsess over basketball full-time. In my free time, I'm a substitute teacher and also an Uber driver. I've been following the Mavs since Jason, Jimmy and Jamal were young up-and-comers. If you need their last names, please don't ask me.

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