After a disappointing lopsided loss to the Minnesota Lynx, the Atlanta Dream continues their longest home-stand of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Connecticut Sun. Atlanta will be looking to snap its first losing streak of the season and back to back losses at home after getting off to a 6-1 start. Also, this game marks the third of four straight at home for Atlanta as the Dream will also face Chicago to conclude their stand on Friday.
Entering Sunday’s meeting with the Sun, the Dream hold a 6-3 record, with a one-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings. The Dream will be without Sancho Lyttle for the next three games, as she competes for Spain in an Olympic qualifying event. Sunday’s opponent, the Connecticut Sun, was Atlanta’s last win on June 2nd and they will look to earn another win against this team in this series. Although Atlanta owns a 17-16 all-time series lead, they have dominated Connecticut at home as winners of 12 of their 15 contests at Philips Arena all-time.
Connecticut enters the game after winning their second game of the WNBA season in their last outing, as Alyssa Thomas scored on a tip-in with 0.6 seconds left to beat the Seattle Storm 77-76 on Friday night. That win snapped a six-game losing skid, and Thomas finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Morgan Tuck scored 20 points. In their previous loss against Atlanta, Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Angel McCoughtry added 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Dream beat the Sun 83-77. Atlanta trailed 30-23 before Cortijo scored eight straight to start a 13-0 run for a six-point lead and they never trailed in the contest, again. Alex Bentley scored 16 points for the Sun; however, it wasn’t enough to win a crucial contest at home.
The Dream have been winning with defense and transition scoring and it is shown among the WNBA league leaders as Sancho Lyttle leads the WNBA in steals (2.6) and Elizabeth Williams tops the charts in blocks (2.4). In addition, Angel McCoughtry ranks second in scoring at (20.6) points per game and Tiffany Hayes checks in at ninth (15.7 ppg). Lyttle also is tied for fourth with 8.9 rebounds per game.
Atlanta’s average of 84.1 points per game ranks fifth among WNBA teams while the Dream’s points are allowing an average of (84.3) which is ninth among the league. In order for Atlanta to break their losing streak, they will need to return to the basics and continue to receive a huge lift from Mccoughtry and Hayes as they will look to continue their early season dominance.
Date: Sunday June 12th, 3:00 pm ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast