“Kelsey Bone defending Elizabeth Williams on a baseline drive.” Photo by: Aric Thompson
By: Nia Sapp
Teamwork led the Dream to a successful 93-87 win over the Connecticut Sun yesterday afternoon at Philips Arena. It was an intense battle between both teams, but the Dream fought hard to win the contest. Atlanta had 3 players in double-figures, Angel McCoughtry with 18 points & 6 rebounds, Elizabeth Williams with 20 points & 10 rebounds, & Layshia Clarendon with 19 points & 2 rebounds. Making the extra pass to an open teammate, defensive steals, & high intensity contributed to the win. Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta’s 6’3″ center had her first career double-double as well as a career high of 5 assist. Williams was a huge factor for yesterday’s victory over the Sun. The game was intense for both teams, fans were on their toes the entire time because it was such a tight contest & the game could have went either way. The Dream needed to redeem themselves after the tough 32 point lost against the Lynx Friday night. Atlanta shot 51.4% from the field while Connecticut shot 47.9%. Connecticut’s leading scorer Jasmine Thomas & former Atlanta Dream player had 19 points & 6 assists giving the Dream trouble from the 3 point line. Morgan Tuck, Kelsey Bone, & Camille Little gave Atlanta trouble in the paint as well. Connecticut used their height & body advantage over the Dream’s undersized post.
Down to the 4th quarter with 44.4 seconds left in the game the score was down to just 3 points, 83-86. Kelsey Bone drove to the basket in hopes of cutting down the Dream’s lead to just 1, but with Williams outstanding defense Bone was unsuccessful with getting the layup off. Kelly Faris of Connecticut then grabs the rebound of Bone’s missed layup, but Faris was unsuccessful as well with the attempt of getting another layup off. Williams grabbed the defensive rebound from Faris’s missed shot & throws a long outlet pass to Mehigan Simmons for the successful fast break layup. At that point the score was 88-83 with 31.9 seconds left in the game, Connecticut had no choice but to foul & send the Dream to the line to slow the game down. Atlanta was sent to the free-throw line 6 times & got 5 of 6 shots off from the line. Atlanta, now 7-3 will face the visiting 5-5 Chicago Sky on Friday, June 17th at Philips Arena 7:30 pm EST.