Arlington, TX – The Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb and Head Coach Fred Williams have finalized the team’s roster for the 2017 regular season, which begins Saturday, May 14, in Phoenix against the Mercury. Tip-off is at 5 pm CT. The roster features six returning players, including All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, 2016 WNBA All-Rookie Team member Aerial Powers, along with Glory Johnson, Karima Christmas-Kelly, Courtney Paris and Theresa Plaisance. This group is joined by training camp invitee Kayla Thornton, 2017 draft class top pick Evelyn Akhator (3rd overall), Allisha Gray (4th) and Kaela Davis (10th), Breanna Lewis (23rd) and Saniya Chong (26th).
“It’s been a very competitive training camp,” stated head coach Fred Williams. “We are very excited about our 12-player selected roster. I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”
The Wings continue preparation for their second season in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The team opens the regular season on the road at Phoenix, prior to a May 20 home opener against the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. at the College Park Center.
NO PLAYER POS HT WT DOB COLLEGE YRS Pronunciation
3 Courtney Paris C 6-4 250 9/21/1987 Oklahoma 7
4 Skylar Diggins-Smith G 5-9 145 8/2/1990 Notre Dame 4
6 Kayla Thornton F 6-1 190 10/20/1992 UT-El Paso 1
9 Evelyn Akhator F 6-3 180 2/3/1995 Kentucky R ack-uh-TOR
10 Kaela Davis F 6-2 170 3/15/1995 South Carolina R KAY-luh
12 Saniya Chong G 5-8 140 6/27/1994 UCONN R suh-NIE-ya
13 Karima Christmas-Kelly F 6-0 180 9/11/1989 Duke 6 kuh-REE-muh
15 Allisha Gray G 6-0 167 1/12/1995 South Carolina R UH-LEE-shuh
22 Breanna Lewis C 6-5 205 6/22/1994 Kansas State R BREE-AW-nuh
23 Aerial Powers G 6-0 157 1/17/1994 Michigan State 1 AIR-ee-ul
25 Glory Johnson F 6-3 170 7/27/1990 Tennessee 4
55 Theresa Plaisance F 6-5 200 5/18/1992 LSU 3 play-ZAWNCE
About the Dallas Wings The Dallas Wings are one of twelve professional teams in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in Detroit Michigan in 1998 as the Detroit Shock. After 12 years and three championships (2003, 2006 and 2008), the team moved to Tulsa, where they were known as the Tulsa Shock. In 2016, the team played their first season in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the Dallas Wings. The Wings play home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Texas at Arlington campus in Arlington, TX.