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Last Saturday, New York dominated Atlanta 101-78, but it wouldn’t take long for the Dream to balance the scales. Atlanta exacted their revenge last night. Courtney Williams hit the go-ahead basket with 58 seconds left on a floater from the baseline to give the Dream 71-69 lead. Chennedy Carter made one of two free throws to provide Atlanta with a three-point lead that they wouldn’t surrender. New York’s Sami Whitcomb missed a three-pointer, and Williams sealed the deal with one last free throw to end the game with a 73-69 Atlanta win.
Courtney Williams Leads the Way
Williams, who has been playing well all season, led the Dream with 18 points. Though she didn’t shoot a high percentage from the field, she was aggressive, and Atlanta can compete with anyone when Williams is looking to score. Williams also added five rebounds and four assists for the game.
Crystal Bradford’s Career Night
Crystal Bradford has been a bright spot this season for Atlanta, averaging 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. On Tuesday night against New York, Bradford had a career night, scoring 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Bradford shot 5 of 10 from the field and four for six from beyond the arc. On the season, Bradford is shooting 43% from three-point land, the second-highest mark on the team, trailing only Tiffany Hayes from deep.
Scrappy Wins are Wins
As a team, Atlanta only shot 38.5% from the field but got 12 offensive rebounds, which helped them eke out the victory. However, the Dream miss way too many layups. That’s got to improve: You just can’t miss easy baskets and expect to win in a league as competitive as the WNBA.
Another thing Atlanta did well last night was play defense. Again, the Dream players were active defensively; they held the Liberty to 40% shooting from the field. Specifically, the group did a great job locking down Betnijah Laney, holding her to 16 points on 7 of 19 shooting from the field.
This was a massive win for Atlanta to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Dream didn’t want to sink to 5-10, especially with the games they have coming up. Over the next three games, Atlanta will need to play the league-leading 12-4 Seattle Storm, the 11-4 Las Vegas Aces, and the Eastern Conference leading 11-5 Connecticut Sun, all on the road.
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