For Satou Sabally, her success versus Team USA can be traced back to her final season with the Oregon Ducks. It was that Duck team that knocked off Team USA in Eugene making Sabally 2-0 against them in three seasons, a pretty big accomplishment.
Sabally has improved her game in key areas this season.
In her first season, Sabally played in 16 games averaging over 25 minutes per game. She hit 36 percent from the floor and 19 percent from 3-point range. So far in 2021, she has played 15 games in the first half of the WNBA season. She has found the basket more hitting 42 percent from the floor and just over 32 percent from distance. Her efforts in practice likely earned her a spot in the All-Star Game.
In 2019 against Team USA at Matthew Knight Arena, Sabally finished the game with 25 points and six rebounds. Despite not seeing the floor as much on Wednesday, her teammate was named the MVP of the game. Arike Ogunbowale, also Sabally’s Dallas teammate, finished the game with 26 points shooting 10-for-18 from the floor in the 93-85 win in Las Vegas.
Dallas currently sits in ninth position in the WNBA League Standings at 9-12 having lost their last three games. The WNBA now enters a mid-season break with games resuming Sunday, Aug. 15. The Wings will play two of their first three games of the second half of the season at home.
Sabally and Ogunbowale are keys to the team’s success the rest of the season. It will take a top-eight finish to make the playoffs. If they don’t they will likely have another high first-round draft pick next year as they continue to build toward the future.