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After jumping out to an 18-point lead, the Atlanta Dream lost a heartbreaker 87-85 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx closed the game on a 17-6 run on the way to victory, outscoring Atlanta 19 to 9 in the fourth quarter.
Too Much Sylvia Fowles
The Dream have struggled to contain size up front, and it showed against Sylvia Fowles. The center scored 26 points and grabbed an insane 19 rebounds. Fowles was 11 for 16 from the field and added five blocks; the veteran absolutely locked down the paint on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Fowles came out hot from the start, scoring 18 of her 26 points before the break.
Atlanta had been doing a better job rebounding of late, but against Minnesota, they lost the rebounding battle 35-27. Eleven of the 35 Lynx rebounds were offensive, giving them 11 extra possessions. Fowles led the way on the glass; nobody else had more than four rebounds for the Lynx, but that hardly mattered. For the Dream, Cheyenne Parker and Elizabeth Williams both pulled down seven.
Dream Bench Continues to Play Well
Atlanta’s bench combined for 22 points, led by ten points from rookie Aari McDonald. The point guard shot 2 for 3 from three-point land and was perfect from the line, knocking down four free throws as well. Crystal Bradford added seven points, and Tiana Hawkins scored five. This type of contribution from their bench is exactly what the Dream will need down the stretch if they want to stay in playoff contention.
Chennedy Carter is Back
Chennedy Carter scored 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting in her return from the elbow injury that has had her on the sidelines since late May. It was an excellent first game back for Carter, who showed few, if any, signs that the elbow will give her any more trouble. Her presence in the lineup will help solidify Atlanta’s rotation and give a big boost on the offensive end.
Courtney Williams Continues to Thrive
Another Dream game, another big night for Courtney Williams.
Against Minnesota, Williams led the team with 24 points on 11 of 19 shooting plus five rebounds and three steals. The question for the Dream is whether Williams can gel with Odyssey Sims and Chennedy Carter in time to become a threat in the playoffs.
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