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Published on June 20th, 2019 | by Landon Buford

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Brian Agler Praised The Wings For Their Defense In Thursday’s Win Against Phoenix

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The Dallas Wings were able to beat the Phoenix Mercury 60-54 on Thursday behind the strong play of Kayla Thornton, who had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. Fan favorite Theresa Plaisance pitched in with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.

After the game, Thornton talked about her double-double a game against the Mercury.

“I was just trying to do whatever I could for my teammates and my team, whether it be just hustle plays and the little things,” said Thornton. “Just trying to be everywhere and give as much energy as I can to them.”

Wings coach Brian Agler, shared with the media after the game, that he thought Kayla was one of the best two-way players in the game.

“Kayla is one of the best two-way players in the league. She hasn’t gotten the notoriety, but she is very important with her leadership and the way she can play on both ends.”

The Wings were able to hold both Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner to just a combined 20 points. Griner was only able to muster up 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting on Thursday night. As for Bonner, she only had 9 points, on 2 of 12 shooting from the field and coach Agler praised Thornton for her defensive on Bonner leading to her awful shooting night.

“We have to just keep focused,” said Thornton.

She would continue:

“It’s just the beginning, we’re slowly coming over our hump. We still have a lot of things we have to work on, staying focused on the little things, the little key things Brian tells us to do.”

Agler also talked about having the game plan to stop both Griner and Bonner.

“You have too if want a chance to beat Phoenix you have to slow those two down. It is a tad bit easier because they don’t have Diana Taurasi on the floor, but with her back in that is a three headed monster that is really hard to deal with. I thought Essence Carson hit some key shots for them and Leilani Mitchellhit some key shots for them and got them back in the game in the fourth quarter, but I thought our defense across the board was pretty solid.”

 


 


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