After starting the season, 4-1 the Atlanta Dream returned from a nightmare of a road trip going 1-4 in the month of June. Unfortunately, home seasoning didn’t remove the spell. They played a competitive 41-41 half but went to sleep in the dressing room by the time they woke up it was 41-47 a gap they weren’t able to close. Stefanie Dolson said, “We changed our defense at the half to make it tougher on them and make sure they didn’t get their rebounds.” They played well in spurts and made it interesting going down the stretch but came up short 78-82 bringing their season record to 5-6.
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“When you don’t play defense, and we’re not hitting shots, that calls for double trouble. I thought they did a good job of putting the pressure on us and their transition. The biggest part is that we held too many second efforts to them, especially when we got into our zone and they started missing. We didn’t capitalize on the other end, and then they came back down and got second shots for the scores.”
Allie Quigley was held to only three points in the first half but came alive in the second pouring in 19 points to finish with a team-high 22 points. Stefanie Dolson added 19, and Cappie Pondexter added 17 to hold off the last minute efforts by the Dream to come out of the losing column. With her efforts tonight Pondexter pushed career total to 6,466 points surpassed Katie Smith to become fourth on the career list.
Elizbeth Williams led the way for the Dream with 20 points and 10 rebounds
Tiffany Hayes player of the month (May) her first, continued her good play contributing 15 points. Brittany Sykes played her heart out scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in twenty-eight minutes.
Chicago’s largest lead was thirteen Atlanta clawed their way to within three points at the 28-second mark. Stellar free throw shooting with the game on the line mad the difference. The Sky was desperate for a win losing seven of its last eight, and now Atlanta has to be feeling the same way.
The Dream will be in friendly confines of their home away from home for the next three games hopefully that will put everything back on track. (Photos by Mike Walker)