Ogunbowale scores 33 as Wings defeat Mercury

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Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale pumped in 33 points and that was too much offense even with the Phoenix Mercury having one of the WNBA’s all-time greats back in the lineup, allowing the Wings to claim a 95-89 victory Sunday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Ogunbowale made 13 of 19 shots from the field, including 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point distance.

Mercury center Brittney Griner broke out of a two-game mini-slump to pour in 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting.

Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time leading scorer, returned from a three-game absence with a back injury and provided 14 points, a game-high nine rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes. Her only points after halftime came on a pair of fourth-quarter free throws.

With the score tied at 74-74, Ogunbowale posted her team’s next nine points, including converting a three-point play at the 2:45 mark for an 83-79 edge.

Marina Mabrey drained a 3-pointer on the next Dallas possession.

Allisha Gray’s 20 points and Mabrey’s 17 points also boosted Dallas (4-7), which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Wings had failed to reach the 80-point mark in all three of those losses, including in a 91-79 setback to Phoenix on Aug. 8. Katie Lou Samuelson had 11 points off the bench.