Satou Sabally hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Allisha Gray blocked a potential game-winning shot with 1 second left as the Dallas Wings rallied for a 77-76 victory over the visiting New York Liberty on Saturday night.
The Wings (13-17) clinched a trip to the postseason by rallying from a 13-point deficit. Dallas outscored New York 20-6 over the final 9:19.
New York’s Michaela Onyenwere hit a jumper to give the Liberty a 70-57 lead, but Dallas scored the next 13 points to tie the game on a layup by Kayla Thornton with 5:01 remaining. New York held its last lead when Sabrina Ionsecu hit free throws with 2:17 remaining.
On the next possession, Sabally knocked down a 3-pointer for a 75-74 lead. Sabally added a layup for a 77-74 lead with 38 seconds left and New York was within 77-76 on a layup by Natasha Howard with 29.4 seconds to go.
After Arike Ogunbowale missed a 3-point try with 8.7 seconds left, Howard got the rebound and New York called a timeout. The ball found its way to Ionescu, whose floater in the lane was blocked by Gray just in front of the foul line.
Reserve Marina Mabrey paced the Wings with 21 points. Gray, Thornton, Ogunbowale and Sabally contributed 13 apiece as Dallas survived shooting 36.1 percent.
Betnijah Laney scored 19 points as the Liberty (11-19) lost their seventh straight game and dropped a game behind the Washington Mystics for the final playoff spot. Ionescu added 18 points and Howard finished with 16 as New York shot 44.8 percent and missed 17 of 24 3-point tries.
Dallas held a 23-18 lead after the opening quarter when Ionescu hit a pullup jumper with 23.1 seconds left. New York took a 41-38 lead on Laney’s jumper with 52.8 seconds left and held a 41-40 lead by halftime.
The Liberty ended the third on a 9-2 run and took a 66-56 lead when Rebecca Allen hit a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left.