Editor’s note: Arike Ogunbowale has been upgraded to a game-time decision by coach Vicky Johnson.
She talked to Vicki Johnson and Arike said it was a game time decision.
— Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks) August 24, 2022
Arike Ogunbowale has improved to a possible level ahead of Game 3 of the series between the Suns and Wings.
Before Wednesday, August 24, against Connecticut: pic.twitter.com/S0F9Btx22Q
– X – Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) August 23, 2022
Dallas ruled out the All-Star guard on Aug. 9 after she underwent surgery to repair an iliac crest core muscle tear. When Ogonbowale went under the knife, she was told her recovery timeline was at least three weeks.
“They said, ‘Hey, if you get it now, there’s a chance you can play,'” coach Vicki Johnson said on Aug. 10, “and she was like, ‘Okay, okay, let’s do it.’ Within an hour, he made a decision and performed the operation. “
On Tuesday, Ogunbowale was fully engaged in a training session that allowed the media to watch. The former champion ran through games and took free kicks with her teammates. She also took part in practice sessions before the 2nd game in the sun.
When Ogunbowale missed games, the Wings were able to successfully employ the “next man up” mentality. They beat the Aces and Sky in regular season games and won Game 2 of the 2021 All-Star Game MVP to tie their first-round series with the Suns.
Wednesday’s Game 3 will feature the first home playoff game in Wings history at the College Park Center.