The Atlanta Dream look to build off of Friday's win over the Lynx when they hit the road to face the Washington Mystics in a Sunday matinee. Atlanta has won three straight and have climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference Standings and scored a measuring stick 85-82 win over Minnesota Friday night at Philips Arena. Washington is currently third in the East with a 5-5 record and is coming off of a win over Chicago Friday night.
Atlanta was solid defensively on Friday and head coach Michael Cooper was complimentary of their pick and roll defense against the Lynx's Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus. Atlanta's defensive game has improved during their three-game winning streak and it is fueling what is a great offense.
Washington is currently tops in the league in Defensive Rating and are a very young team. Head Coach Mike Thibault has them working hard and the results have been a somewhat better than expected start due to the youth on their roster. They are led by Ivory Latta who is averaging 11.9 points but have some other vets like Bria Hartley, Kia Vaughn and Kara Lawson who are not short on experience.
The matchup to watch in this one will be between Atlanta's frontcourt duo of Erika de Souza and Washington's Emma Meesseman who has come alive of late. Meesseman is averaging 8.2 points and 5.9 rebounds on the season but is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds over her last two games.
All of the wins in the Dream's current streak came at home where they are 5-1 this season. They are just 1-2 on the road so they will need to focus in today and put up a solid performance. These same two teams will meet again on Wednesday back in Atlanta for another afternoon matchup.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 15, 4 p.m.
Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Live Streaming: WNBA Live Access