|History|| Detroit Shock |
|Arena||College Park Center|
|Team colors||Navy, volt green, cyan |
|Main sponsor||American Fidelity|
|Head coach||Brian Agler|
|Assistant(s)||Erin Phillips, Crystal Robinson|
|Ownership||Bill Cameron, Chris Christian, Mark Yancey, Greg Bibb, University of Texas at Arlington|
|Championships||3 (2003, 2006, 2008)|
|Conference titles||4 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)|
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. Greg Bibb is President and CEO. Brad Hilsabeck joined the Dallas Wings ownership group in March 2019 with the acquisition of Mark Yancey’s interest in the Wings.
Arlington is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located in Tarrant County. It is part of the Mid-Cities region of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas.
The Western Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is made up of six teams.
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.
The team was founded in Auburn Hills, 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 Arlingtonfor the 2016 WNBA season.
The 1998 WNBA season was the Women's National Basketball Association's second season. The 1998 season saw two expansion teams join the league, the Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics. The expansion teams allowed the defending champions Houston Comets to move to the Western Conference. The regular season was extended from 28 games to 30 games. The season ended with the Comets winning their second WNBA championship.
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2016, the population was 413,505, an increase of 12,591 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 991,005 residents in the MSA and 1,251,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.
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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.
Deanna Nicole "Tweety" Nolan is an American-Russian professional basketball player for UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian Premier League as well as the Russia women's national basketball team. Her primary position is shooting guard, but occasionally plays the point guard position. Her original name was Deana, but was legally changed to Deanna in 2000.
Katie Smith is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most recently in the WNBA. Her primary position was shooting guard, although she sometimes plays small forward or point guard. She is the all-time leading scorer in women's professional basketball, having notched over 7000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career. In 2016, she was voted one of the WNBA's "Top 20 at 20." She was named head coach of the New York Liberty in October 2017. On March 31, 2018, Smith was named to the 2018 class of inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons (1985–2003) in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton. Malone also played one season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Malone was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team. His 36,928 career points scored rank second all-time in NBA history, and he holds the records for most free throws attempted and made, in addition to co-holding the record for the second-most first team All-NBA selections in history. He is considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history.
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.
Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman, nicknamed "Lady Magic", is a former professional basketball player who played and coached in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and currently works as a broadcaster for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as head coach of the Power in the BIG3, where she led them to the 2018 BIG3 Championship. Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in American women's basketball.
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The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division and plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena. The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL) where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons later joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948. The NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA in 1949, and the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships: in 1989, 1990 and 2004.
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 2006 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Detroit Shock, second-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, defeated the Sacramento Monarchs, second-seeded champions of the Western Conference, three games to two in a best-of-five series. This was Detroit's second title.
The Sacramento Monarchs were a basketball team based in Sacramento, California. They played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 until folding on November 20, 2009. They played their home games at ARCO Arena.
The 2008 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2008 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Detroit Shock, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, three games to none in a best-of-five series. This was Detroit's third title in six years.
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.
A businessperson is a person involved in the business sector – in particular someone undertaking activities for the purpose of generating cash flow, sales, and revenue utilizing a combination of human, financial, intellectual and physical capital with a view to fuelling economic development and growth. An entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses. He or she is also referred to as a promoter in the entertainment industry.
Donna Geils Orender is a sports executive and a former collegiate and professional All Star basketball player. She was formerly president of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and senior vice president of the PGA. Currently, Donna Orender is the Founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited, a Jacksonville, FL based advisory and consultancy firm. She travels the world as a motivation speaker and advocating for the empowerment of women and young girls through her non-profit organization Generation W.
The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team represents the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2018. They lost in the first round to Butler University.
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.
On July 20, 2015, majority owner Bill Cameron announced he was moving the team to Dallas-Fort Worth.
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.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.
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||Team||Conference||Regular season||Playoff Results||Head coach|
|1998||1998||East||4th||17||13||.567||Did not qualify||Nancy Lieberman|
|1999||1999||East||2nd||15||17||.469||Lost Conference Semi-finals (Charlotte, 0–1)||Nancy Lieberman|
|2000||2000||East||5th||14||18||.438||Did not qualify||Nancy Lieberman|
|2001||2001||East||7th||10||22||.313||Did not qualify||Greg Williams|
|2002||2002||East||8th||9||23||.281||Did not qualify|| G. Williams (0–10)|
B. Laimbeer (9–13)
|2003||2003||East||1st||25||9||.735||Won Conference Semi-finals (Cleveland, 2–1)|
Won Conference Finals (Connecticut, 2–0)
Won WNBA Finals (Los Angeles, 2–1)
|2004||2004||East||3rd||17||17||.500||Lost Conference Semi-finals (New York, 1–2)||Bill Laimbeer|
|2005||2005||East||4th||16||18||.471||Lost Conference Semi-finals (Connecticut, 0–2)||Bill Laimbeer|
|2006||2006||East||2nd||23||11||.676||Won Conference Semi-finals (Indiana, 2–0)|
Won Conference Finals (Connecticut, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Sacramento, 3–2)
|2007||2007||East||1st||24||10||.706||Won Conference Semi-finals (New York, 2–1)|
Won Conference Finals (Indiana, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Phoenix, 2–3)
|2008||2008||East||1st||22||12||.647||Won Conference Semi-finals (Indiana, 2–1)|
Won Conference Finals (New York, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (San Antonio, 3–0)
|2009||2009||East||3rd||18||16||.529||Won Conference Semi-finals (Atlanta, 2–0)|
Lost Conference Finals (Indiana, 1–2)
| B. Laimbeer (1–3)|
R. Mahorn (17–13)
|2010||2010||West||6th||6||28||.176||Did not qualify||Nolan Richardson|
|2011||2011||West||6th||3||31||.088||Did not qualify|| N. Richardson (1–10)|
T. Edwards (2–21)
|2012||2012||West||5th||9||25||.265||Did not qualify||Gary Kloppenburg|
|2013||2013||West||6th||11||23||.324||Did not qualify||Gary Kloppenburg|
|2014||2014||West||5th||12||22||.353||Did not qualify||Fred Williams|
|2015||2015||West||3rd||18||16||.529||Lost Conference Semi-finals (Phoenix, 0–2)||Fred Williams|
|2016||2016||West||5th||11||23||.324||Did not qualify||Fred Williams|
|2017||2017||West||5th||16||18||.470||Lost in first round to Washington||Fred Williams|
|2018||2018||West||5th||15||19||.441||Lost in first round to Phoenix|| F. Williams (14–17)|
T. McWilliams-Franklin (1–2)
|Regular season||296||372||.443||4 Conference Championships|
|Playoffs||30||22||.577||3 WNBA Championships|
|Dallas Wings roster|
|3||Kaela Davis||F-G||6-2||170||MARCH 15, 1995||2||SOUTH CAROLINA|
|4||Skylar Diggins-Smith||G||5-9||145||AUGUST 2, 1990||6||NOTRE DAME/USA|
|15||Allisha Gray||G||6-0||167||JANUARY 12, 1995||2||SOUTH CAROLINA|
|3||Megan Gustafson||F||6-3||195||DECEMBER 13, 1996||R|
|20||Isabelle Harrison||F||6-3||183||SEPTEMBER 27, 1993||2||TENNESSEE|
|2||Tayler Hill||G||5-9||145||OCTOBER 23, 1990||6||OHIO STATE/USA|
|3||Moriah Jefferson||G||5-6||123||MARCH 8, 1994||3||CONNECTICUT|
|25||Glory Johnson||F||6-3||170||JULY 27, 1990||6||TENNESSEE/USA|
|1||Brooke McCarty-Williams||G||5-4||OCTOBER 2, 1995||R||TEXAS|
|34||Imani McGee-Stafford||C||6-7||215||OCTOBER 11, 1994||3||TEXAS|
|24||Arike Ogunbowale||G||5-8||165||MARCH 2, 1997||R||NOTRE DAME|
|55||Theresa Plaisance||F-C||6-5||200||MAY 18, 1992||5||LOUISIANA STATE|
|30||Azurá Stevens||F-C||6-6||180||FEBRUARY 1, 1996||1||CONNECTICUT|
|6||Kayla Thornton||F||6-1||190||OCTOBER 20, 1992||3||TEXAS-EL PA|
|Interim head coaches|
|Dallas Wings head coaches|
|Dallas Wings statistics|
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.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.
|Regular season all-time attendance|
The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; it is one of the eight original franchises. The team is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns.
The New York Liberty are a professional basketball team based in the New York metropolitan area, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in 1997 and is one of the eight original franchises of the league. The team is owned by Joe Tsai. For 2019, home games are primarily played at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, with two games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Detroit Shock were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They were the 2003, 2006, and 2008 WNBA champions.
The San Antonio Stars were a professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Utah Starzz before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; then moved to San Antonio before the 2003 season and became the San Antonio Silver Stars, then simply the San Antonio Stars in 2014. The team was owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, which also owned the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The team was sold to MGM Resorts International in 2017 and became the Las Vegas Aces for the 2018 season.
The Seattle Storm are a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded by Ginger Ackerley and her husband Barry ahead of the 2000 season. The team is currently owned by Force 10 Hoops LLC, which is composed of three Seattle businesswomen: Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, and Ginny Gilder.
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Los Angeles Sparks
| WNBA Champions |
2003 (First title)
New York Liberty
| WNBA Eastern Conference Champions |
2003 (First title)
| WNBA Champions |
2006 (Second title)
| WNBA Champions |
2008 (Third title)
| WNBA Eastern Conference Champions |
2006 (Second title)
2007 (Third title)
2008 (Fourth title)