The Atlanta Dream looks to continue their impressive start to the 2016 WNBA season as the ladies travel to Dallas to take on Odyssey Sims, returning All-Star Skylar Diggins and the new expansion franchise, the Wings. In previous years, the Dream have dominated this team owning a 9-3 overall franchise record against the Dallas Wings, formerly known as the Tulsa Shock, including a 5-1 all-time record on the road. Friday's game at Dallas will close out a difficult stretch to open the 2016 campaign that has seen the Dream play four of their first five games away from home. Atlanta is a solid 3-1 in the first four games of the stretch.
Atlanta enters tonight's game looking to win their third straight game after coming back from a 12 point deficit to defeat the New York Liberty in overtime on Tuesday. Tiffany Hayes posted 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Dream giving Hayes her first double-double of the season. The Dream trailed for most of the game due to Angel Mccoughtry missing most of the first half due to foul trouble; however, Mccoughtry posted 15 points in the second half/overtime period. After forcing the game into overtime, the Dream outscored the Liberty 8-2 to close out yet another comeback win. This season, the Dream has trailed at half-time in each game; however, they have rallied to win three of the four games. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Atlanta vs. New York in games played away from home in the series.
In order to keep the winning streak up, Atlanta will need Mccoughtry and Hayes to continue playing at a high level. McCoughtry led Atlanta last season vs. Dallas/Tulsa with an average of 24.0 points over the two games. A total of five Dream players averaged double-digit points against Dallas/Tulsa in 2015. Hayes is off to a fast start averaging 16.5 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and shooting 56% through her first four games.
The Wings are also off to a solid 3-1 start in the Western Conference after defeating the San Antonio Stars 82-77 in their inaugural home opener this past Saturday. Dallas held the Stars to 40 percent shooting from the field, to earn their first home win. Sims led the Wings registering a season high of 23 points. Karima Christmas scored 14 points while Courtney Paris collected 15 rebounds.
Game Date/Time: Friday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: College Park Center. Dallas, Texas
TV: NBA TV