For much of the last two seasons, the Connecticut Sun have been a thorn in the Dallas Wings' side.
With the Sun off to their hottest start and the Wings missing most of their key veteran pieces, including Skylar Diggins-Smith and Glory Johnson, it appeared it would be more of the same for Dallas.
Arike Ogunbowale and Allisha Gray made sure that wasn't the case.
Ogunbowale banked in a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the key and with just over one minute remaining and Gray knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to seal a 74-73 win for the Wings (3-6) over the Sun (9-3) on Wednesday.
"I don't think we play with pressure," Ogunbowale, the fifth overall pick from this year's draft, said. "This is a really big win for us, but we've got another opponent coming up on Friday, so our focus is on that now."
In her first start since the Wings' June 1 home opener against the Minnesota Lynx, Ogunbowale made her case to stay in it, scoring a team-high 23 points.
While Ogunbowale has shown early on this season that she's capable of scoring in bunches. She scored a career-high 25 points against the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday. However, she has struggled thus far through her rookie season to match that with efficiency.
Coming into Wednesday's game, Ogunbowale was averaging 11.4 points per game, but on 30.6% shooting from the floor and 23.5% from 3-point range.
However, she managed to combine the scoring output and efficiency against the Sun, shooting 10-17 from the floor.
"That's what we're looking for," coach Brian Agler said. "Good players and great players, they don't shoot 40% or below. They're usually every other game they're 50% or above. So that's what we're looking for.
She wasn't the only rookie who had a solid contribution for the Wings.
In a short first-half burst, second-round pick Megan Gustafson gave the Wings some quality minutes, making all of her three shots for six quick points.
If Gustafson continues to play well, it could again leave the Wings with a difficult roster decision when Johnson and Moriah Jefferson return to the roster.
The Wings brought Gustafson back after cutting her prior to the regular season. But with Johnson's departure to compete with Montenegro in Eurobasket and Tayler Hill out indefinitely with a knee injury, that created a spot for the Wings to bring back Gustafson.
When the time comes, the Wings will have to evaluate her progress and decide whether or not it's been enough to warrant her earning a permanent roster spot.
"I wouldn't say that I'm trying to display anything," Gustafson said. "I'm just here to work as hard as I can and keep a team-first mentality. That's how I've always been and that's how I always will be."
For now, the Wings will shift their focus to their next opponent in the New York Liberty. While the Wings enter Friday's matchup having won three of their last four, they are still seeking their first road win of the season.
"We have it in us. We have a really good defensive team and we can score and when we make sure that works to our benefit, we're unstoppable." center Isabelle Harrison said. "But we've really got to carry this energy, momentum, focus and dedication on the road."
Harrison OK after returning from concussion: In her second game back after suffering a concussion, Harrison looked more like herself.
Harrison had 13 points and six rebounds off the bench and played a key role in keeping Sun center Jonquel Jones in check.
"I'm 100%," Harrison said. "I'm going to make sure that I'm going to play hard no matter what I'm going through. I worked really hard these last three practices to get to where I needed to be for the team."
Harrison has been one of the Wings' primary centers since they acquired her by shipping Liz Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces. She's started four of the six games she's played with Dallas.
"I thought Izzy played really well tonight," Agler said. "I think that's what we were looking for when we got her from Vegas."