After a long week filled with drama, the Atlanta Dream headed to Connecticut to take on the Sun and fell to Connecticut 84-72 behind Jonquel Jones’ 24 points and 16 rebounds. Cheyenne Parker led Atlanta in scoring with 15 points, all of which came in the first half. Crystal Bradford added 12 points, and Aari McDonald scored 10 points off the bench for the Dream.
Courtney Williams Struggled
Courtney Williams has been Atlanta’s leading scorer, but she only managed eight points on Friday night. William shot 4-10 from the field in 30 minutes. So far this season, Williams is averaging 17.4 points per game, so she was well below her season average against a tough Sun defense.
Connecticut’s Frontline Dominated
To go along with Jones’ 24 points, DeWanna Bonner added 22, and Brionna Jones added 16 points, which totals 62 points from the frontcourt alone. All three players were pretty efficient from the line; Jonquel shot 8-15, Brionna shot 7-12, and Bonner was 8-15. Connecticut will be tough to beat if they can continue to get this type of production from their frontline.
Atlanta Shooting Struggles
Atlanta shot just 38.5 % from the field and 32% from beyond the arc. The Dream only had three players in double figures, and their starting backcourt only combined for 12 points. Atlanta will not win many games when their backcourt struggles, as they tend to drive the Atlanta offense.
McDonald Stepped Up
With Chennedy Carter suspended, McDonald will see more minutes on the court, and she is taking advantage of it. On Friday night, the point guard scored 10 points and added four rebounds and three assists. McDonald is a fast point guard who plays outstanding defense, something the Dream will need in the second half of the season.
Atlanta closes out the first half of the season on Sunday against the Indiana Fever at 5 PM ET. However, the Dream will look to end the first half on a high note.
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