Ogunbowale scores 21 to lead Dallas over New York 81-71

NEW YORK (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Dallas Wings beat the New York Liberty 81-71 on Sunday.

Dallas (2-1) led by two points at halftime before Ogunbowale got going. He scored nine points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer that made it 62-52 with 1:55 left in the period.

New York (1-3) got within five in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get closer thanks to Ogunbowale and Isabelle Harrison, who finished with 18 points.

Sabrina Ionescu had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Liberty. Natasha Howard scored 14 points after missing 14 of her 15 shot attempts in her last game.

New York’s Han Xu saw extended minutes with Stefanie Dolson in foul trouble and scored 10 points. The 6-foot-10 Chinese center is a crowd favorite and finished just shy of her career-high 12 points set in 2019. She missed the last two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic and played for the Olympic team. from China last summer.

New York got off to a strong start and led 9-2 behind Howard before Dallas scored 15 of the next 17 points. Gray had 10 points in the quarter and the Wings led 26-22 after one. The Wings led 39-37 at halftime.

HOMECOMING

It’s always special for Wings coach Vickie Johnson when she returns to New York. She starred in Liberty from 1997 to 2005 and is in the franchise’s ring of honor.

MARKED

New York guard DiDi Richards was out after re-aggravating a right hamstring injury Friday. He played four minutes in that game and coach Sandy Brondello said there is no timetable for his return. … Shooting guard Rebecca Allen was back with the team after losing in the Spanish League final. She didn’t dress for the game, but she could play Tuesday in the team’s next game against Connecticut.

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