Atlanta Dream Drop Hard-Fought Road Game at Los Angeles
Atlanta Dream Game Notes
- With her six rebounds, Jessica Breland now has 995 career rebounds over her 6+ seasons in the WNBA.
- Breland finished with a new season-high 14 points against the Sparks.
- Eastern Conference Player of the Week Tiffany Hayes finished with 16 points. She has scored in double-figures in all nine games this season.
- Angel McCoughtry recorded xx steals against the Los Angeles and now has 575 for her career. She is 11th all-time and needs six to pass Taj McWilliams-Franklin (580) for sole ownership of 10th place.
- Blake Dietrick played a career-high 13 minutes and recorded her first points and rebound of the season. She also added her first career steal and assist.
- Imani McGee-Stafford grabbed a season-high five rebounds.
- With the loss, the Dream are now 14-8 all-time against the Los Angeles Sparks and 6-5 in L.A.
- The Dream fall to 5-4 on the season and close out this road trip with a 2-1 record.
Atlanta Dream Coach Nicki Collen
Q: With Tiffany in foul trouble tonight, how do you think it affected the game and what could you guys have done better even with her off the court?
"I thought we didn't shoot the ball well tonight obviously, but I thought we really battled. I thought we got really good play off our bench actually, even in her absence. I thought our defense stepped up. I thought we were aggressive defensively. I thought we held them to one shot in the second half and basically won the second half. So even though she (Hayes) was in foul trouble, I thought our second unit battled."
Q: What did you think of Jessica Breland's play tonight especially in the first half, keeping you guys in the game? And why was she sitting at the end of the fourth quarter?
"I thought she (Breland) had a great first half. I think she was making the shots that when we signed her in free agency that I considered layups for Jessica Breland. So those 15 to 17 footers. I was playing with the unit knowing that we've played three games in five days and we were trying to claw back and kind of going with the unit that was making the run for us out there. At the same time, if I felt like we had gotten into a time and score-situation and needed her, we would've put her back in. We turn around and we play an 11:30 am tip in two days. So 36 hours from now we would've played another game. Just resting her legs."
Q: What can the team do next game to bounce back, especially since you guys played so well against Seattle?
"I think we have to feel good about the fact that we came on the road and won two of three. I think that is a huge road swing for us. I thought we got good minutes from our bench and that's good going forward. Now we go home and we basically have a home and away (a two-game series vs Indiana). I don't think anybody is hanging their head in there; I think they're disappointed that we didn't win but we battled and I think we proved that we can compete with LA."
Atlanta Dream Guard Angel McCoughtry
"We lost our heads a little bit, and I think if we just continued being ourselves the whole game, it would have been a better game for us. We've been focused on getting better. This is a new team, and a new system. It's not easy playing three games in five days. It's really tough on everybody. We played a really good team tonight, and we go back home, and rebound, and get one back at home. Nicki's been great, I've enjoyed her, I think she's done such a great job, and she is going to have some very successful seasons in this league."
Atlanta Dream Guard Layshia Clarendon
"You know you have to take care of the ball against them because I think they are leading the league in transition points off of steals so, they are averaging 22 per game is what coach told us. We just need to take care of the ball because then Candace can get a rebound and then run the break, and they don't run a ton of stuff necessarily, they do move the ball extremely well, they don't often times come down and jack the first shot, and they really make you move right to left, were constantly chasing their players around."
Atlanta Dream Guard Tiffany Hayes
"Who's not going to be frustrated? Especially if you watch the game, you see half of them weren't fouls. Two of them were charges; anyway, of course it was frustrating, especially when the calls are like that. We're going to shoot the ball regardless, were a confident team so if were missing shots it doesn't matter even if we get the rebound were going to keep shooting. That had nothing to do with why we lost today."
- The Sparks shot 52.9% from the floor in the 1st quarter
- The Sparks shot 45.9% in the first half
- The Sparks had 7 offensive rebounds in the first half
- The Sparks made three 3-pointers in the first half
- -Candace Parker led all scorers with 18 points (with 13 at the half)
- -Chelsea Gray had 10 points (8 in the 2nd quarter) to go along with 7 assists and 3 rebounds.
- -Another double-double for Nneka Ogwumike who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- -Sparks outscored the Dream 20-11 in the second quarter
- -Sparks held Angel McCoughtry to 12 points on 3/14 from the field.
- -Sparks forced Tiffany Hayes into foul trouble with 5 through the first 3 quarters.
Sparks Coach Brian Agler
On the Sparks' Defense:
"I thought our defensive efforts were really good in the first 3 periods, but some of their subs really gave them a boost."
"I'm starting to see signs that we're starting to develop. We're really playing as a unit defensively, and I like that."
"You know what you're getting from Alana [Beard] every night. You're going to get your great defensive effort, great focus on the task at hand, and an extremely team-oriented individual nightly."
Sparks Guard Riquna Williams
On the Gameplan:
"We knew they wanted to get to the basket so the focus was to pack the inside and force them to shoot the outside
On the home-stand:
"Being home for two weeks getting those good wins getting the momentum going to DC."
"We'll go into practice and film and come up with a plan to improve the turnovers."
Sparks Guard Cappie Pondexter
On the Sparks' Defense:
"We know we are very solid defensively and we have so many players who can guard the perimeter and I think that's one of our strengths."
On the Sparks' Offense:
"We need to cut a lot more, stop standing around so much, especially at the point of attack."
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