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Dream Re-Signs Point Guard Nikki Teasley

January 12, 2009 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Atlanta Dream

ATLANTA, January 12, 2009- The Atlanta Dream announced today that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent point guard Nikki Teasley. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Atlanta is a great city and I am happy about the opportunity to play again," Teasley said. "The fans here really support the Dream and the front office has done a great job with adding some new additions to the team. I anxiously await the 2009 season."

Teasley originally signed with the Dream on August 15, 2008, shortly after the birth of her daughter in June. She did not play during the 2008 season but stayed in Atlanta this winter to work out with members of the Dream coaching staff.

In her six year WNBA career, Teasley is averaging 8.7 points 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. She started 33 games for the Mystics in 2007, averaging 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Teasley was originally selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft and spent her first four seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Sparks, where she hit the game winning shot in the 2002 WNBA Championship. Teasley was also named the MVP of the 2003 WNBA All-Star game.

During her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, Teasley averaged an Atlantic Coast Conference record 5.8 assists per game. She finished her career as the Tar Heels all-time leader in assists (728) and three-pointers (236). She was the first player in conference history to lead the ACC in assists all four years and was only the second player to record 1,500 points and 600 assists in her career.

The Dream will tip off its second season on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Fever. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call 404.604.2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net.

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