The Dallas Lightning bookended a two-game weekend at home with two key wins at Hebron High School in Carrolton, Texas in Women’s Minor League Basketball Association (WMLBA) play.
Friday night, the host Lightning used a consistent run of form to build a double-figure advantage and hang on for a 102-94 win over the Tennessee Storm.
They then took the weekend sweep with a 91-73 win over the Midwest Reign of Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday afternoon.
Tennessee salvaged a split of the weekend with a 109-66 win over the Reign on Saturday as the two Lightning opponents made up the remainder of the weekend slate.
In Friday’s win, the Lightning were sparked by Akil Simpson’s 28 points and 13 rebounds while Antoinette Thompson (20 points, five assists, four rebound), Cecila Okoye (14 points) and Connie Roseman (12 points, four assists) chipped in for the win.
The Storm were led by Ashley Shields (28 points, four rebounds), Brianna Mitchell (18 points, four assists), Kiana James (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Aaliyah Whiteside (13 points, seven rebounds).
The Lightning won the rebound battle 45-33 in a game that saw the two teams combine for a spectacular 54-for-63 shooting from the free throw line.
Tennessee made it 3-for-3 against the Reign this season the next day, as they blew open a close game at halftime with a tremendous performance over the last 20 minutes.
The Storm outscored the Reign 63-28 after the break to turn a 46-38 game at the intermission into an easy win.
Shields (26 points, nine rebounds), Shonice Sprouse (24 points) and Mitchell (22 points) paved the way for Tennessee while the Reign got 17 points and eight rebounds from Jasmine Thompson and 14 points and six rebounds from Tasha Johnson while Bree Walker chipped in with 13 points.
Tennessee forced 23 Reign turnovers and shot 57 percent from the field to the Reign’s 50 percent.
In the win against the Reign, Dallas’ Okoye (27 points, 14 rebounds), Simpson (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Antoinette Thompson (12 points, five assists, four rebounds) led the way for the Lightning to help complete the weekend sweep.
The ladies from Kansas City were paced by Jasmine Thompson’s 26 points and eight rebounds, while Leah Smith (16 points) and Fowler and Johnson (13 points apiece) helped keep the team in contention.
The Lightning broke out to a 33-19 lead after one quarter, but from there on, the Reign kept things manageable, but could not put a big enough dent on the deficit to make a serious rally.
- Alan Dale, Women’s Minor League Basketball Association (WMLBA) Media