The Atlanta Dream announced on Tuesday that the team had reached an agreement with All-Star center Erika de Souza. De Souza has played a big part in the Dream's success and is coming off one of the best seasons of her career.
"Erika de Souza is one of the best post players in the world and continues to be a cornerstone of the Atlanta Dream organization through her elite level of play, passion for the game, and consistent leadership," said Dream President and General Manager Angela Taylor."She has meant so much to the team's success, the fans, and the Atlanta community over the course of her seven seasons, so we are thrilled that she committed to helping the Dream bring a WNBA Championship to Atlanta."
De Souza appeared in 33 games with the Dream in 2014 and finished second on the team in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (8.7). She led the team in blocks at 1.5 per game and was among the league leaders in field goal percentage shooting 54 percent from the field.
"I'm excited to have Erika back with the Dream," said head coach Michael Cooper. "She is one of the top post players in the world and a leader on our team. I'm looking forward to continuing to work together with her towards our goal of winning a championship."
De Souza is entering her eighth season with the Dream and is the franchise leader in games played (194), rebounds (1,657), blocked shots (281), field goal percentage (.540) and double-doubles (67). She was named to her third All-Star Game in 2014.
"I'm very happy to be able to continue my career with the Atlanta Dream," said de Souza. "I've been part of the Dream since the team's first season and Atlanta has become my second home. I'm looking forward to getting back on the court with Coach Cooper, the rest of the staff and my teammates, and I'm committed to helping bring a championship to Atlanta."