Dream Rematch with Wings end in defeat

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Atlanta Dream rematched against the Dallas Wings on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton Fl.

In the 1st quarter Shekinna Stricklen scored 3 points. Shortly after Betnijah Laney jump shoot put Atlanta down by 1.

Chennedy Carter closed out the first with a 3 point layup to help the Dream trail Dallas by 1 point.

In the 2nd quarter Elizabeth Willams made a layup assisted by Chennedy Carter. Soon after Betnijah Laney hit a 3 pointer to tie the score 23-23.

Atlanta Defense did a really good job. Late in the 2nd quarter Courtney Williams jump shoot put the score at 35-31.

At the half Atlanta took a 1 point lead over Dallas.

With her 10 points in the first half Courtney Williams reached 1,500 career points.

Early in the 3rd quarter Elizabeth Williams made a pull-up jumpsuit assisted by Betnijah Laney. At 8:56 Wings’ Allisha Gray gained nothing but net with her 3 pointer to tie the score 44-44. Followed by Kayla Thornton who made a layup to pull away from Atlanta 44-46. At 7:47 Carter scored a 3 pointer to take back the lead 46-47.

Chennedy Carter’s kept Atlanta live with the drive.

Late in the 3rd Laney scores a 3 pointer to put the score at 57-63.

At the end of the 3rd quarter Atlanta was down by 6 points.

After playing hard as they could most of the game, the Dream hit a wall and looked exhausted. The Wings’ defense was renewed after losing to the Dream in the season opener. Dallas was able to find its rhythm offensively early and walked away with 85-75 win over the Dream.

Betnijah Laney led the team in scoring 16 points. Elizabeth Williams was back in double-figures for the fifth time this season after finishing with 15 points.

Rookie Chennedy Carter finished with 14 points. This is the seventh-straight game Carter has scored in double digits.

 “I thought Courtney Williams obviously gave us really good minutes. I think Glory Johnson made a couple three’s. Obviously her stats across the board are pretty good. I just think she can do so much more, so I’ve got to get her doing more. I didn’t bring her in here to be a spot up three-point shooter. So, I’ve got to get her to where she is a more aggressive player, she’s a more aggressive roller, she’s an aggressive popper, and she’s making plays for herself.” said Coach Nicki on what she has seen from Courtney Williams and Glory Johnson now that they are back with the team.

“I don’t know. I didn’t know that, but we’re losing. It’s hard to be excited about the personal accolades when we’re still trying to figure it out as a team and trying to get these wins going. I think my main focus and our main focus is to try to figure out and get a win.” said Courtney Williams on passing 1,500 points in today’s game against the Dallas Wings.

Atlanta’s record against Dallas moves to 17-9 all-time. Atlanta Dream now (2-5) will take on the Connecticut Sun on Monday at 6:00 pm.

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