Dream Chennedy Carter Shatters Franchise Record with 35 points

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The Atlanta Dream faced the Seattle Storm on Thursday night in Bradenton Fl, at the IMG Academy.

In the opening seconds of the game Atlanta’s Shekinna Stricklen put 3 points on the board. Shortly afterwards the Storm took advantage of Atlanta’s slowed down pace allowing Breanna Stewart to score 12 of the first 18 points for Seattle. At the end of the 1st quarter the Storm took the lead with 31 points.

In the 2nd quarter the Dream lacked energy and their defense was non existent. Seattle Jordin Canada who replaced Sue Bird who was out due to a bruised left knee stepped it up for Seattle at the half helping the Storm lead 54-39.

Offensively the ball kept getting stuck for Atlanta.  Midway through the 3rd quarter the momentum changed and the Dream started to put up a fight defensively.

At the end of the 3rd quarter the Dream managed to narrow the scoring gap and was down by 6 points  (61-67).

In the 4th quarter the pace was accelerated and Atlanta begin to claw it’s way back into game with Glory Johnson hitting a 3 point bank shot helping the Dream trail the Storm by 1 point. (66-67). Throughout the game both teams battled back and forth and at one point the Storm led by 17 points. It was in the closing seconds of the game, at the buzzer Chennedy Carter hit a 3-pointer to make the final score 92-93. Although Seattle gained their third straight win, Atlanta showed resilience that should be respected.

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The Texas A&M point guard who left school a year early and was taken No. 4 in the WNBA draft, Dream rookie Chennedy Carter was the unstoppable energizer bunny. Carter led the team again with a career high 35 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. 

Carter broke franchise record for most points by a rookie (last: 34 by Angel McCoughtry, 8/20/09). She is the third Atlanta rookie to top 30 points in a game (McCoughtry 24, 2009 & Brittney Sykes, 33, 2017). Carter is also the first player in the WNBA to score 35+ points since Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever, 9/8/19).

Atlanta Dream, Vet 33, Renee Montgomery who Opted-out the 2020 WNBA season to fight for racial and social injustice posted on Twitter about Chennedy’s performance.

“I’m feeling good. Being able to go on and off every day. Watch film, watch yourself, and learn your tendencies really helps. I’m not feeling too bad or too banged up. I think just me really going back into the room everyday watching film, watching myself, and knowing that today they were going to come out icing ball screens. I kind of was cleared a little bit. I still need to work on some things. I had turnovers that I shouldn’t have had tonight. That’s one of the things that I saw out there that I do need to be better at, but overall I was just picking and choosing when to come off the ball screen, when to find my teammates, and know when to pass and create..” said Chennedy Carter on her record breaking night.

Up next: The Atlanta Dream now (2-4) will take on the Dallas Wings (4-1) this Saturday, August 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of the Atlanta Dream 2020 WNBA Season.