Reshanda Gray turned in a career-best performance as the Atlanta Dream closed out the first half of the WNBA season with a 93-88 win over the Dallas Wings.
The Dream used a 19-5 run in the third quarter to turn a two point deficit into a 10 point advantage heading to the fourth. The Wings came roaring back but Angel McCoughtry scored five straight points to put Atlanta up 88-83 with 1:16 remaining. Layshia Clarendon closed things out with five straight free throws in the final 23 seconds of the game to seal the victory.
“I thought it was a very good basketball game especially after we had a struggle up in Minnesota,” Dream head coach Michael Cooper told reporters after the game. “Again, these last three games we wanted to go 2-3 since the week before we didn’t do as well. Some other players got to step up. Reshanda Gray had a great effort filling and now we get a good breather. We’ll get a chance to get a refresher and be healthy.”
Gray had a night to remember posting her first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds while going 9 for 12 from the field.
“It’s not every night that I get to play her because the matchups need to be in her favor, but she’s a true work-horse and although she is an undersized four… she’s got a heart that’s much bigger than that,” Cooper said. “That is how she brought it against Dallas tonight. We usually don’t look too much for scoring from Reshanda, but it was nice to have it tonight.”
McCoughtry added 14 points off the bench while Bria Holmes chipped in 13. Elizabeth Williams grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Skylar Diggins led all scorers with 29.
Atlanta heads into the month-long Olympic break with a 13-12 record and in fourth place overall in the WNBA standings.
While much of the team will use the break as an opportunity to refresh, McCoughtry will head to Brazil as part of Team USA to seek another Gold Medal.
The Dream will resume regular season play on Friday, August 26 in Chicago.