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Dallas Wings
2018 Dallas Wings season
Dallas Wings logo
Conference Western
Leagues WNBA
Founded 1998
History Detroit Shock
1998–2009
Tulsa Shock
2010–2015
Dallas Wings
2016–present
Arena College Park Center
Location Arlington, Texas
Team colors Navy, volt green, cyan[1][2]
              
Main sponsor Baylor, Scott and White
Head coach Fred Williams
Assistant(s) Bridget Pettis
Taj McWilliams-Franklin
Ownership Bill Cameron, Chris Christian, Mark Yancey, University of Texas at Arlington
Championships 3 (2003, 2006, 2008)
Conference titles 4 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Website wings.wnba.com

The Dallas Wings are a professional basketball team based in Arlington, Texas. The Wings play in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team is owned by a group which is led by Chairman Bill Cameron; Chris Christian is vice chairman and managing partner and Greg Bibb is COO of basketball operations. The team was founded in Detroit, Michigan, before the 1998 WNBA season began and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, before the 2010 season; on July 20, 2015, Cameron announced that the franchise would move to Arlington[3] for the 2016 WNBA season.

The franchise has been home to players such as shooting guard Deanna Nolan, one of women's basketball's all-time leading scorers Katie Smith, Hall of Fame NBA player Karl Malone's daughter Cheryl Ford, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Odyssey Sims, and Australian center Liz Cambage.

Franchise history[edit]

The Detroit Shock (1998–2009)[edit]

Detroit Shock

The Shock were one of the first WNBA expansion teams and began play in 1998. The Shock quickly brought in a blend of rookies and veterans, but only qualified for the postseason once in its first five years of existence. The Shock went through two coaches (hall of famer Nancy Lieberman and Greg Williams) before hiring former Detroit Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer. There were rumors the Shock would fold after the team's awful 2002 season. Laimbeer convinced the owners to keep the team for another year, certain that he could turn things around. The Shock would finish the next season with a 25–9 record and defeated the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks in the 2003 WNBA Finals. Detroit became the first team in league history to go from last place one season to WNBA champions the next season.

After a couple seasons of losing in the first round of the playoffs, the Detroit Shock returned to success and would appear in three straight Finals from 2006 to 2008. They won WNBA championship in 2006 over the Sacramento Monarchs and 2008 over the San Antonio Silver Stars, but lost to the Phoenix Mercury in 2007.

The Tulsa Shock (2010–2015)[edit]

Tulsa Shock logo

Tulsa had been mentioned as a possible future city for WNBA expansion, but efforts did not come together until the middle of 2009. An organizing committee with Tulsa businesspeople and politicians began the effort to attract an expansion team. The group was originally given a September 1 deadline, however, WNBA President Donna Orender extended that deadline into October. The investment group hired former University of Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson as the potential franchise general manager and head coach, and on October 15, 2009, the group made its official request to join the league.

On October 20, 2009, WNBA President Donna Orender, lead investors Bill Cameron and David Box, Tulsa mayor Kathy Taylor, Oklahoma governor Brad Henry, and head coach Nolan Richardson were present for a press conference announcing that the Detroit Shock would relocate to Tulsa. On January 23, 2010, the franchise announced that the team would remain as the Shock but the colors were changed to black, red, and gold.[4]

On July 20, 2015, majority owner Bill Cameron announced he was moving the team to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Dallas Wings (2016–present)[edit]

On July 23, 2015, WNBA League owners unanimously approved the Tulsa Shock's relocation to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to play out of the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.[5] College Park Center is also home to the UT Arlington Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams. At a press conference at College Park Center on November 2, 2015, it was announced that the team was renamed the Dallas Wings.[6]

Uniforms[edit]

Uniforms were revealed at the First Annual Wings Draft Party April 14, 2016. The light uniforms were primarily lime green while the dark uniforms were predominantly blue. As a result of a league-wide initiative for its 20th season, all games featured all-color uniform matchups, thus no white uniforms were unveiled for this season.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Dallas Wings roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G/F 13 United States Christmas-Kelly, Karima 6' 0" (1.83m) 180 lb (82kg) 09-11-1989 Duke 6
G 4 United States Diggins-Smith, Skylar 5' 9" (1.75m) 145 lb (66kg) 08-02-1990 Notre Dame 4
C 22 United States Lewis, Breanna 6' 5" (1.96m) 205 lb (93kg) 06-22-1994 Kansas State R
F 6 United States Thornton, Kayla 6' 1" (1.85m) 190 lb (86kg) 10-20-1992 Texas–El Paso 2
F 25 United States Johnson, Glory 6' 3" (1.91m) 170 lb (77kg) 07-27-1990 Tennessee 4
C 3 United States Paris, Courtney 6' 4" (1.93m) 250 lb (113kg) 09-21-1987 Oklahoma 7
F 55 United States Plaisance, Theresa 6' 5" (1.96m) 200 lb (91kg) 05-18-1992 LSU 4
F 23 United States Powers, Aerial 6' 0" (1.83m) 157 lb (71kg) 01-17-1994 Michigan State 2
F 9 Nigeria Akhator, Evelyn 6' 3" (1.91m) 180 lb (82kg) 02-03-1995 Kentucky R
G 12 United States Chong, Saniya 5' 8" (1.73m) 140 lb (64kg) 06-27-1994 Connecticut R
G 10 United States Davis, Kaela 6' 2" (1.88m) 170 lb (77kg) 03-15-1995 South Carolina R
G 15 United States Gray, Allisha 6' 1" (1.85m) 167 lb (76kg) 10-20-1992 South Carolina 2



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
United States Fred Williams (Boise State)
Assistant coaches
United States Bridget Pettis (Florida)
United States Taj McWilliams-Franklin (St. Edward's)
Athletic trainer
United States Allison Russell (Tulsa)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page

Former players[edit]

Coaches and staff[edit]

Owners[edit]

  • William Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons (1998–2009)
  • Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, composed of Bill Cameron, David Box, Chris Christian, Sam and Rita Combs, and Paula Marshall.
  • Bill Cameron (majority owner) is Chairman and Chris Christian is Vice Chairman/Managing Partner and Mark Yancey (2015–present)

Head coaches[edit]

Dallas Wings head coaches

General managers[edit]

Assistant coaches[edit]

Hall of Famers[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Dallas Wings statistics

Media coverage[edit]

Previously, while in Tulsa, some Shock games were broadcast on The Cox Channel (COX), which is a local television station for certain areas of the state of Oklahoma. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. The broadcasters for the Shock games were Mike Wolfe and Shanna Crossley. Following the team's move to Dallas, Fox Sports Southwest broadcasts the majority of the games. The 2016 broadcasts featured sportscaster Ron Thulin and Raegan Pebley, the former WNBA player and current head coach of Texas Christian University's women's basketball team, on the call.[7] All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on ESPN3.com) are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

All-time notes[edit]

Regular season attendance[edit]

Regular season all-time attendance

Draft picks[edit]

  • 1998 Expansion Draft: Rhonda Blades (1), Tajama Abraham (3), Tara Williams (5), Lynette Woodard (7)
  • 1998: Korie Hlede (4), Rachael Sporn (14), Gergana Branzova (24), Sandy Brondello (34)
  • 1999: Jennifer Azzi (5), Val Whiting (17), Dominique Canty (29), Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (41)
  • 2000: Edwina Brown (3), Tamicha Jackson (8), Chevonne Hammond (44), Cal Bouchard (60)
  • 2001: Deanna Nolan (6), Jae Kingi (22), Svetlana Volnaya (38), Kelly Santos (54)
  • 2002: Swin Cash (2), Lanae Williams (18), Ayana Walker (20), Jill Chapman (21), Kathy Wambe (22), Ericka Haney (47)
  • 2003 Miami/Portland Dispersal Draft: Ruth Riley (1)
  • 2003: Cheryl Ford (3), Kara Lawson (5), Syreeta Bromfield (28)
  • 2004 Cleveland Dispersal Draft: Jennifer Rizzotti (13)
  • 2004: Iciss Tillis (11), Shereka Wright (13), Erika Valek (23), Jennifer Smith (32)
  • 2005: Kara Braxton (7), Dionnah Jackson (13), Nikita Bell (20), Jenni Lingor (33)
  • 2006: Ambrosia Anderson (17), Zane Teillane (35)
  • 2007 Charlotte Dispersal Draft: selection waived
  • 2007: Ivory Latta (11)
  • 2008: Alexis Hornbuckle (4), Tasha Humphrey (11), Olayinka Sanni (18), Natasha Lacy (28), Valeriya Berezhynska (42)
  • 2009 Houston Dispersal Draft: selection waived
  • 2009: Shavonte Zellous (11), Brittany Miller (18), Tanae Davis-Cain (37)
  • 2010 Sacramento Dispersal Draft: Scholanda Robinson (7)
  • 2010: Amanda Thompson (19), Vivian Frieson (31)
  • 2011: Liz Cambage (2), Kayla Pedersen (7), Italee Lucas (21), Chastity Reed (25)
  • 2012: Glory Johnson (4), Riquna Williams (17), Vicki Baugh (25), Lynetta Kizer (29)
  • 2013: Skylar Diggins (3), Angel Goodrich (29)
  • 2014: Odyssey Sims (2), Jordan Hooper (13), Theresa Plaisance (27)
  • 2015: Amanda Zahui B. (2), Brianna Kiesel (13), Mimi Mungedi (25)
  • 2016: Aerial Powers (5), Ruth Hamblin (18), Shakena Richardson (30)

Trades[edit]

  • July 29, 1999: The Shock traded Korie Hlede and Cindy Brown to the Utah Starzz in exchange for Wendy Palmer and Olympia Scott-Richardson.
  • April 24, 2000: The Shock traded Jennifer Azzi and the 12th pick in the 2000 Draft to the Utah Starzz in exchange for the third and eighth picks in the 2000 Draft.
  • April 20, 2001: The Shock traded Val Whiting to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
  • April 24, 2001: The Shock traded Anna DeForge to the Houston Comets in exchange for Jennifer Rizzotti.
  • May 13, 2001: The Shock traded Tamicha Jackson to the Portland Fire in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
  • May 27, 2001: The Shock traded Jennifer Rizzotti to the Cleveland Rockers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
  • May 27, 2001: The Shock traded Olympia Scott-Richardson and a third-round pick in the 2002 Draft to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
  • May 3, 2002: The Shock traded Claudia das Neves to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2003 Draft.
  • May 11, 2002: The Shock traded a fourth-round pick in the 2003 Draft to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Stacy Clinesmith.
  • July 7, 2002: The Shock traded Wendy Palmer and a second-round pick in the 2003 Draft to the Orland Miracle in exchange for Elaine Powell and a first-round pick in the 2003 Draft.
  • April 27, 2003: The Shock traded Dominique Canty to the Houston Comets in exchange for Allison Curtin.
  • April 28, 2003: The Shock traded Edwina Brown and Lanae Williams to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Telisha Quarles and Petra Ujhelyi.
  • April 29, 2003: The Shock traded Kara Lawson to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Kendra Holland-Corn.
  • May 19, 2003: The Shock traded a third-round pick in the 2004 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Tamara Moore.
  • July 31, 2003: The Shock traded Tamara Moore to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Stacey Thomas.
  • February 11, 2004: The Shock traded Kendra-Holland Corn and the 26th pick in the 2004 Draft to the Houston Comets in exchange for the 11th and the 32nd picks in the 2004 Draft.
  • April 17, 2004: The Shock traded Shereka Wright, Sheila Lambert and Erika Valek to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Chandi Jones.
  • April 14, 2005: The Shock traded Iciss Tillis to the Washington Mystics in exchange for the 13th pick in the 2005 Draft.
  • June 29, 2005: The Shock traded Andrea Stinson and a second-round pick in the 2006 Draft to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Plenette Pierson.
  • July 30, 2005: The Shock traded Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas, and a first-round pick in the 2006 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Katie Smith and a second-round pick in the 2006 Draft.
  • April 5, 2006: The Shock traded Ambrosia Anderson and a second-round pick in the 2007 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Jacqueline Batteast and a third-round pick in the 2007 Draft.
  • May 18, 2006: The Shock traded two third-round picks in the 2007 Draft to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Angelina Williams.
  • February 22, 2007: The Shock traded Ruth Riley to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for Katie Feenstra and the right to swap first-round picks in the 2008 Draft.
  • February 6, 2008: The Shock traded Ivory Latta to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for LaToya Thomas and the 18th pick in the 2008 Draft.
  • February 19, 2008: The Shock traded Swin Cash to the Seattle Storm in exchange for the fourth pick in the 2008 Draft.
  • June 22, 2008: The Shock traded LaToya Thomas to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Eshaya Murphy.
  • August 12, 2008: The Shock traded Eshaya Murphy, Tasha Humphrey, and a second-round pick in the 2009 Draft to the Washington Mystics in exchange for Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
  • April 9, 2009: The Shock traded Ashley Shields to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for the 18th pick in the 2009 Draft.
  • April 7, 2010: The Shock traded the seventh pick in the 2010 Draft and a second-round pick in the 2011 Draft to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Chante Black and Amber Holt.
  • April 14, 2010: The Shock traded Crystal Kelly to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for Shanna Crossley.
  • May 27, 2010: The Shock traded Shavonte Zellous to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2011 Draft.
  • June 14, 2010: The Shock traded Plenette Pierson to the New York Liberty in exchange for Tiffany Jackson.
  • July 22, 2010: The Shock traded Kara Braxton to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Nicole Ohlde and a first-round pick in the 2011 Draft.
  • July 26, 2010: The Shock traded Alexis Hornbuckle to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Rashanda McCants.
  • February 1, 2011: The Shock traded a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Andrea Riley.
  • May 2, 2011: The Shock traded Scholanda Robinson to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for second- and third-round picks in the 2012 Draft.
  • January 12, 2012: The Shock traded Andrea Riley to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Temeka Johnson.
  • July 2, 2012: The Shock traded Karima Christmas to the Indiana Fever in exchange for Roneeka Hodges.
  • March 1, 2013: The Shock traded Deanna Nolan, a second-round pick, and a third-round pick in the 2013 Draft to the New York Liberty in exchange for Nicole Powell. As part of the three-team trade, the Shock also traded their second-round pick in the 2014 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Candice Wiggins.
  • June 20, 2013: The Shock traded Kayla Pedersen to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 Draft.
  • March 1, 2016: The Wings traded Riquna Williams and the 6th pick in the 2016 Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Erin Phillips, the 5th pick in the 2016 Draft, and a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft.
  • May 11, 2016: The Wings traded Amanda Zahui B. and a second-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the New York Liberty in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft.
  • February 17, 2017: The Wings traded Odyssey Sims and the 11th pick in the 2017 Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the 4th overall pick and a second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

All-Stars[edit]

  • 1999: Sandy Brondello
  • 2000: Wendy Palmer
  • 2001: None
  • 2002: None
  • 2003: Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan
  • 2004: Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan
  • 2005: Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan, Ruth Riley
  • 2006: Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith
  • 2007: Kara Braxton, Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan
  • 2008: No All-Star Game
  • 2009: Katie Smith
  • 2010: None
  • 2011: Liz Cambage
  • 2012: No All-Star Game
  • 2013: Glory Johnson
  • 2014: Skylar Diggins, Glory Johnson
  • 2015: Skylar Diggins, Plenette Pierson, Riquna Williams
  • 2016: No All-Star Game

Olympians[edit]

  • 2004: Swin Cash, Ruth Riley
  • 2008: Katie Smith
  • 2012: Liz Cambage (AUS)
  • 2016: Erin Phillips (AUS)

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1998 All-WNBA Second Team: Cindy Brown
  • 2003 Finals MVP: Ruth Riley
  • 2003 Rookie of the Year: Cheryl Ford
  • 2003 Coach of the Year: Bill Laimbeer
  • 2003 All-WNBA Second Team: Swin Cash
  • 2003 All-WNBA Second Team: Cheryl Ford
  • 2003 All-WNBA Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2004 All-WNBA Second Team: Swin Cash
  • 2005 All-Defensive Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2006 Finals MVP: Deanna Nolan
  • 2006 All-WNBA Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2006 All-Defensive Second Team: Cheryl Ford
  • 2006 All-Defensive Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2007 All-Star Game MVP: Cheryl Ford
  • 2007 Sixth Woman of the Year: Plenette Pierson
  • 2007 All-Defensive First Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2008 Finals MVP: Katie Smith
  • 2008 All-WNBA Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2008 All-Defensive Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2008 All-Defensive Second Team: Katie Smith
  • 2009 All-WNBA Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2009 All-Defensive Second Team: Deanna Nolan
  • 2009 All-Rookie Team: Shavonte Zellous
  • 2011 All-Rookie Team: Liz Cambage
  • 2012 All-Rookie Team: Glory Johnson
  • 2012 All-Rookie Team: Riquna Williams
  • 2013 Sixth Woman of the Year: Riquna Williams
  • 2013 All-Defensive Second Team: Glory Johnson
  • 2013 All-Rookie Team: Skylar Diggins
  • 2014 Most Improved Player: Skylar Diggins
  • 2014 Peak Performer (Rebounds): Courtney Paris
  • 2014 All-WNBA First Team: Skylar Diggins
  • 2014 All-Rookie Team: Odyssey Sims
  • 2015 Peak Performer (Rebounds): Courtney Paris
  • 2016 All-Rookie Team: Aerial Powers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dallas Wings Quick Facts" (PDF). 2017 Dallas Wings Media Guide. WNBA Enterprises, LLC. July 8, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dallas Wings Reproduction Guideline Sheet". WNBA Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "WNBA Approves Relocation of Shock from Tulsa to Dallas-Fort Worth - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". July 23, 2015
  4. ^ "NBA.com". Wnba.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  5. ^ Evans, Jayda (July 23, 2015). "WNBA owners unanimously approved relocation of Tulsa Shock to Dallas-Fort Worth area". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ WNBA’s Dallas Wings Introduced in DFW Metroplex, WNBA.com, November 2, 2015
  7. ^ "Dallas Wings on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Champions
2003 (First title)
Succeeded by
Seattle Storm
Preceded by
New York Liberty
WNBA Eastern Conference Champions
2003 (First title)
Succeeded by
Connecticut Sun
Preceded by
Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA Champions
2006 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Phoenix Mercury
Preceded by
Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Champions
2008 (Third title)
Succeeded by
Phoenix Mercury
Preceded by
Connecticut Sun
WNBA Eastern Conference Champions
2006 (Second title)
2007 (Third title)
2008 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
Indiana Fever