The WNBA has a major part of its history in the state of Texas with the now-defunct Houston Comets winning the first four titles and the San Antonio Stars coming into existence after moving from Utah in 2003.
Now the Dallas/Fort Worth area is finally getting a chance to experience all the excitement the league has to offer.
The Dallas Wings are off to a strong start and play their first home game Saturday night as they seek to drop the Stars to 0-3.
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Dallas (2-1) is the third reincarnation of the franchise that began as the Detroit Shock and moved to Tulsa before the current move to Texas. The franchise is expected to flourish with one of the league's most marketable stars in Skylar Diggins and a region teeming with outstanding girls' basketball that produced current San Antonio rookie Moriah Jefferson, the second overall pick out of the University of Connecticut.
The Wings enjoyed a successful three-game trip to start the season despite playing without Diggins, who is recovering from ACL surgery. Her status for Saturday is not known.
Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and Erin Phillips added 16 in Wednesday's 87-77 victory at Washington.
“I thought tonight was a good challenge for us,” coach Fred Williams told the club's official website. “Very pleased how the young ladies stepped up on this road trip.”
Sims, averaging a team-high 16.7 points, is another local product who starred at MacArthur High School in nearby Irving.
She had a stellar prep career as did Jefferson, who was born in Dallas and played her high school basketball under unusual circumstances since she was home schooled. Jefferson became the first Texas recruit to play at UConn for legendary coach Geno Auriemma.
Jefferson has totaled 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting while making the adjustment to the next level. She and the Stars are still seeking their first victory after falling 72-68 to Connecticut on Thursday.
Dearica Hamby scored 16 points to lead San Antonio, ranked 12th in the AP WNBA power poll.
The Wings are ranked seventh. They won three of four meetings last season from San Antonio as the Shock.