Wings Take Pride in WNBA's Presence in Rio Olympics

While the league takes a one-month Olympic break, the WNBA is being well-represented in Rio.  A total of 26 players from the WNBA are on rosters competing in the Olympics this month, including all-twelve players on the dominant Team USA squad. 

“That right there shows you how talented the WNBA is,” Dallas Wings forward Aerial Powers said.  “To have all that talent on (Team USA), it’s just amazing.”

The Wings area also represented in Rio, with guard Erin Phillips playing with the Australian team in the Olympics.  Phillips is averaging 5 points and 1 assist per game with Dallas, and won a silver medal with the Australian team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“It’s good experience for her and good exposure for our franchise and our brand,” Wings coach Fred Williams said.  “Erin has worked really hard over the years.  We love watching her play, and she’s playing very well.”

“We don’t want her to win the gold,” Powers said laughing.  “But we are watching her and rooting for her, and want her to get really far and do well individually.”

WNBA teams will continue their regular season after the Olympics conclude August 21st.  The Wings will next play August 26th at the Phoenix Mercury.

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