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The Dream hard fight to stay in playoff contention, paid off when Atlanta defeated the Sun 82-75 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Friday.
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Rookie Chennedy Carter led the team in scoring 22 points, her 12th double-digit game of the year.
“Now we got something we’re actually playing for which makes people play hard. I play hard regardless, but when it’s at stake that we got to go home and you can’t compete no more. I’m trying to go out for forty minutes and play my heart out and do the best I can to get my team that win.” said Chennedy Carter on it feels like “win or go home.
Courtney Williams collected 20 points and nine rebounds.
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Betnijah Laney grabbed 14 points, 10 rebounds and earned her fourth double-double of the season. This is the 18th time Laney finished in double digits this season. Monique Billings added 13 points off the bench for her seventh double-digit game of the year.
“It allows us to play to that matchup. I just kept going back. Coming out of halftime I felt like Courtney [Williams] hadn’t had enough touches, so we really made a concerted effort coming out of halftime to get touches, pin downs, high sloppy actions, just get her on the move and get her to her jumpshot. We kind of started there.” said Coach Nicki on effect of having four different players make runs.
With only two days left in the 2020 WNBA regular season, the Washington Mystics, Dallas Wings, and Atlanta Dream are all neck and neck for that last playoff spot. Atlanta (7-14) is tied with Dallas for ninth in the standings, a half-game behind Washington for the final playoff berth.
The Dream will hit the court for their final regular season game against the Washington Mystics (7-13) on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Southeast and streaming on Facebook.
Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of the Atlanta Dream 2020 WNBA Season.