By Selby Lopez
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Wings' 2019 roster is set.
The Wings cut second-round draft picks Megan Gustafson and Kennedy Burke on Wednesday, May 22, to bring their roster down to 13 players.
To create an extra roster spot, the Wings also placed Moriah Jefferson, who was acquired in the trade that sent Liz Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces, on the temporarily suspended list. This gives the Wings 12 active players to meet the WNBA's requirement. If Jefferson returns to the team and becomes eligible to play during the season, the Wings would have to waive another player.
Gustafson, a Port Wing native and former South Shore Cardinal, was the Wings 17th pick in the second round of this year's draft.
Last season at Iowa, Gustafson led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.9 points on 70 perent shooting. She averaged 13.5 rebounds per game and was named the AP Player of the Year. After the Wings drafted her in April, Wings President and GM Greg Bibb called picking her in the second round a "steal."
Burke led the Wings in scoring with 31 points across three preseason games. The Wings selected the guard from UCLA with the 22nd pick in the WNBA draft.
Earlier Wednesday in the WNBA's annual GM poll, Burke was selected as the third most likely sleeper rookie to be successful in 2019.
"Extremely difficult. I've been doing this a long time and probably two of the harder decisions to make at this stage of training camp," Bibb said to The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. "I have no doubt both will play in the WNBA at some point. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when."
With Gustafson, Bibb said he and head coach Brian Agler decided the team was best served going with more experienced post players. The Wings also acquired Isabelle Harrison in the Camabage deal and netted Imani McGee-Stafford in a separate trade.
Meanwhile, former Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty-Williams made the team after an impressive 14-point preseason finale on Sunday. The 5-foot-4 McCarty-Williams was signed by the Wings in February to compete for a roster spot. She was already familiar with Agler as she spent training camp with his Los Angeles Sparks prior to the 2018 season, but didn't make the team.
"Brooke played her butt off and earned her spot," Bibb said. "I just called her and asked her if she was free to take a flight to Atlanta tomorrow morning and she was."
The Wings start the regular season on the road against the Atlanta Dream at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.