Despite the 82-94 loss to Dallas in her playoff debut, Rhyne Howard broke numerous WNBA scoring records with her 36 points, becoming the youngest player in WNBA history to score 30+ points in the postseason. Howard also set the WNBA record for most points scored in a postseason first quarter with 19. Additionally, she ties Angel McCoughtry now for the record of most points scored in any WNBA postseason quarter (19). Howard’s 36-point night is the highest point title for a WNBA player on debut in the postseason.
All-Star Allisha Gray scored a career-high for a playoff game with 21 points while Monique Billings and Cheyenne Parker added 8 rebounds a piece to combined for 16 rebounds total recording exactly half of the overall rebounds for the Dream.
Earlier this week The Associated Press (AP) announced Tuesday it selected Atlanta Dream rookie Haley Jones to its WNBA All-Rookie First Team. Jones recorded 149 points, 94 rebounds, 93 assists, 16 steals and 12 blocks in the regular season, appearing in all 40 games.
Next up: The first round of the WNBA Playoffs continues in Dallas on Tuesday. The two teams will head to Gateway Center Arena to compete next Friday, September 22, for game three (if needed).
Stay tuned more to come