The Dallas Wings are gearing up for an epic season! Yes, I know they lost to the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, but their pre and post-game attitude says it all.
On Thursday afternoon, two of the WNBA’s hottest new rookie athletes, Bella Alarie and Tyasha Harris, spoke to the media about their upcoming season. Alarie was the #5 draft pick and Harris #7 for the Dallas Wings. Both were excited yet calm, well-spoken, and very confident.
Bella Alarie was asked how she felt about the prospect of playing in an arena with no fans in attendance, thanks to the WNBA bubble, and she was very positive that it would be a great experience for her team. “I think it’ll definitely be an adjustment.” she said, “It’s just going to be different. I think it’s an opportunity for us to learn how to create our own energy off the bench. Especially as a young team, I think, just learning to find out own energy and cheer for each other.” Alarie pointed out that while players like Ty Harris are used to playing in front of huge, sold-out crowds at USC, she herself is used to smaller audiences at Princeton, and therefore it won’t be quite so much of an adjustment for her. Her admission that she’s “…just trying to see the positive side of it” speaks volumes to her character and sportsmanship.
Just as Bella spoke to her own character, so did Ty Harris. This woman has her eye on the prize: the Rookie of the Year award. And we have no doubt that she’ll give it her all in pursuit! She’s also very much looking forward to playing the LA Sparks – “the historic team,” as she puts it. Sue Bird is her idol and she can’t wait to compete against someone she’s looked up to her entire life.
It seems that these two Wings’ rookies were ready to rumble – and that’s just what they and the rest of their team did this past Sunday.
While they may not have won their inaugural game for the WNBA’s 2020 season, the Wings played hard. Coach Brian Agler spoke to reporters after the game and seemed very proud of his rookies especially. “Ty played a great first half,” said Agler. He mentioned that she had some good shots and has a great competitive spirit. “She’s gonna be a really good player in this league,” the coach added. “The future is bright for her.
Coach Agler had some great things to say about former Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray. When discussing the decision to put Gray into the game, Agler said that he appreciates how Gray herself said she likes watching the game unfold before her, before she actually gets into the game. “I think, you know, that says a lot about Allish and how unselfish she is,” said the coach.
I couldn’t agree more. With Gray’s unselfishness, Harris’ determination, Alarie’s positivity, and the overwhelming prowess from the rest of the team? These ladies will be a force to be reckoned with all season long. Sunday’s game was simply a starting point for the greatness yet to come.
For more thoughts and opinions from Melanie, check out her author page.
Image Source: AP Images