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On Wednesday the Atlanta Dream announced the signing of free agents Jaylyn Agnew and Betnijah Laney.
Agnew led the nation at the charity stripe, making 76 of 80 free throws for an NCAA-high 95.0 shooting percentage. She claimed the BIG EAST scoring title with the highest average (23.1) since former Dream forward Angel McCoughtry’s 26.6 points per game with Louisville in 2008-09.
Laney, a 6-0 guard, played for the Fever in 2019, averaging 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26 minutes per game and starting in 27 of 34 contests. The four-year WNBA veteran, who was originally drafted by the Chicago Sky with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft out of Rutgers, has career averages of 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds over 103 career games.
“Betnijah is an important pick up for us because of her experience and her tenacity at both ends of the floor,” said head coach Nicki Collen. “She will give us size and versatility at the defensive end of the floor as we look for ways to absorb the loss of all-defensive player Tiffany Hayes.
Hayes, 2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team, 2017 WNBA All-Star, 2018 All-Defensive Second Team, Eastern Conference Player of the Month (May 2017) and three-time Eastern Conference Player of the Week, joined Dream guard Renee Montgomery in opting out of the 2020 WNBA Season.
Montgomery, announced this week she will focus on social justice initiatives.
The 2020 WNBA season will tip-off this July with 22 regular-season games followed by a traditional playoff format at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. This season marks the organization’ 13th in the WNBA.