Atlanta Dream Cool Off the Fever 98-74
The Atlanta Dream planned a fun themed Friday night celebrating sneaker culture in the city, and took home an easy win in the process, as they defeated the Indiana Fever 98-74.
With six players scoring double-digit figures, the Dream (11-9) breezed through the struggling Fever (2-19) that went multiple stretches of excruciating minutes without a bucket.
“It’s fun as a coach when you can dial up a play then go out, execute it, and make the shot. You then begin to feel anything you call is a good call”, said Coach Nicki Collen on how her team played after the first quarter.
The game started out with both teams playing a very fast paced strategy, often relying on points in transition Atlanta and Indiana were distributing the ball exceptionally well.
Indiana jumped out by five after the first half, and things seemed to be headed towards a tightly contested matchup much like these two team’s last game. However, Atlanta took the lead with 6:49 behind newly added teammate Alex Bentley scoring most of the Dream’s points.
“All of us just embraced her coming in, and she did a good job of not trying to do too much.” said Elizabeth Williams to which teammate Jessica Breland echoed “She has a very high basketball IQ too, so that helps.”
The defensive post play of Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams shined as the two combined for 8 rebounds in the first half and finished with 15.
Finally, the Dream took a run and never looked back, outscoring Indiana 30-7 in the second quarter.
The role of Atlanta’s bench players stood out as they scored 45 points, the most in franchise history. Brittany Sykes, who has thrived this season in a sixth-woman role, brought much-needed energy, especially off the catch and shoot three-pointers. She finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Dream turns right back around and faces the Washington Mystics once again on Sunday, July 15th at McCamish Pavilion. It will be the team’s third game in five days.
By: Caleb Johnson