The Atlanta Dream needed overtime to beat the New York Liberty 90-87 on Saturday afternoon. A three-pointer by Atlanta’s Courtney Williams with 1.6 seconds left in overtime sealed the win. The victory moved the Dream to a 4-2 record for the season.
Atlanta started the game by making 13 out of 18 shots and led by 11 points at the end of the first quarter. But, the Liberty came back to tie the game at 43, and Atlanta went into halftime leading only 49-45. Chennedy Carter got hurt late in the third quarter and did not return.
The Dream went into the fourth quarter with a 3 point lead, and the game went back until the end of overtime with the Dream coming out on top.
Courtney Williams Dominates
Williams finished the game with 31 points on 14-26 shooting from the field. She shot 3-5 from beyond the arc. The guard also added 12 rebounds, which is outstanding for a two-guard. Williams is doing her part to help out with the Dream’s rebounding. Not only did Williams hit the game-winning shot, but he also hit a game-tying shot with 34 seconds to go to tie the game at 87.
Atlanta Rebounding Better
For the second game in a row, Atlanta won the rebounding battle. The Dream outrebounded the Liberty 35-32. Along with Williams 12 rebounds, Elizbeth Williams added 11, and Monique Billings added 8 rebounds off the bench. Atlanta has been putting forth much more effort on board, helping them win more games.
Bench Stepping up
A critical factor in the Dream playing better is their bench is producing more. Atlanta had 21 points compared to New York’s bench only had 8 points. Billings scored 7 points, Crystal Bradford added 5, Odyssey Sims scored 6, and Aari McDonald scored 3 points.
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