Postgame Notes: Atlanta 102, Indiana 90
- Atlanta's record against Indiana improves to 25-24 all-time.
o Atlanta previously dropped a 93-77 decision to Indiana on August 2, 2020.
o This win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Fever.
- The Atlanta Dream started Chennedy Carter, Courtney Williams, Betnijah Laney, Monique Billings and Elizabeth Williams.
- Atlanta topped 100 points for the second time this season and for the first time since scoring 105 against Dallas on opening night (July 26).
- Tonight's 12 point win for the largest by the Dream in 2020.
- Chennedy Carter scored 22 points, her ninth double-figure game of the season.
o She recorded her fourth 20+ game of her rookie season.
o Carter dished out six assists, the third time this season she had at least five in a game.
- Courtney Williams finished with 22 points, her 11th game in double-figures.
o Williams recorded her second 20+ point game of the season.
- Elizabeth Williams registered 10 points for her seventh double-figure game of the season.
- Glory Johnson added 13 points off the bench for her second double-digit effort of the season.
o She grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
- With her two three-point shots made tonight, Shekinna Stricklen now has 450 for her career.
- For the fourth straight game and seventh time this season, Blake Dietrick dished out at least five assists with five tonight.
Head Coach Nicki Collen
On what lessons they learned from the game against the Sparks versus tonight's game...
"Open up the lead so it's not close late. A couple times we got up eight, then fouled and didn't rebound. [Teaira] McCowan's hard to keep off the glass. You got to work like heck to battle her on the boards. That was what was keeping them in the game. Second chance points and McCowan around the rim. We separated. We kept putting downhill pressure on them in transition by setting good screens and by separating on our screens. When we touch the paint we're a good offensive team. We've been a pretty good offensive actually team all year. Where we've had struggles is defensively. We get in tight games against good players and they isolate you. Playing without fouling, that's obviously something we've got to do a better job of. I think we're just battling. It's a team. I've said it before and I know I'm always going to get judged by total wins and losses, but in a shortened season when you've got three players that are coming back from COVID and one that has a bone chip off her ankle part way through the season and misses six games. I know a lot of teams have had adversity here, but it's hard to put it all together when you start short three players and you're trying to build up to this point. I'm proud of this group for continuing to battle and continuing to get better. We still have to get better defensively. We still have to defensive rebound and not foul, but I think we're starting to understand where to get Courtney [Williams] the ball. Chennedy [Carter] knows where she can score. We're starting to move the pieces around and do a pretty good job."
On how she plans to build off of tonight's win for the rest of the season with a chance to make the playoffs...
"One game at a time. I want somebody else to knock us out, not us to eliminate ourselves. We talked about it tonight. We're not mathematically eliminated. Even if there comes a point where we are, we want to take the momentum of this season in the next. I think that we may have to win every game, but I just firmly believe we're capable. So, we've got to take one game at a time. Not worry about what anybody else does. Take care of our business. Continue to scout our opponents. Continue to find ways to get Courtney [Williams] the ball where she needs it and get Betnijah [Laney] the ball where she needs it. When we take care of the basketball and we don't have needless turnovers, we get good shots and we've got good offensive players. We just got to take one day at a time, one game at a time. We're not ruling anything out. I told them before the game, 'If there's anybody that's counting down the days 'til we leave, let me know, because I'll play someone who isn't counting the days.' That's just not the way I view it, and I don't think it's how we played tonight, which is a good indication that we've got a group of players that are going to keep figuring it out."
Forward Glory Johnson (#0)
On being aggressive in tonight's game...
"Really just trying to have the confidence and figure out how I can help my team. Knowing that I can't just settle for the three, but if they keep leaving me open, then I feel like I have to have the confidence to knock it down."
On if continuing to be aggressive is something she can do to help the Atlanta Dream for the remainder of the season...
"For sure. I think that it's always been a strength of mine to drive to the basket and penetrate. Even if I'm penetrating and I'm kicking, that's always been something that I've always been capable of. After being with the team, practicing a little bit more, I wish I had more time. I wish I wasn't out as long as I was out, but just finding myself within the team and not trying to force things. Just reading my teammates. Driving to the basket and not being tired running up and down so many times. That's what it is."
On where she is as far as her physical recovery from COVID-19...
"I would say that I'm about 90%. It was hard because we were quarantined at home with our families. We left. We did a little bit of training one-on-one in Atlanta, but then when we got here, it was like I was in quarantine all over again for three weeks. I couldn't do any type of exercise, and that probably hurt us the most, for me, because I couldn't get my heart rate up for three weeks. Then I got thrown back into the season. You got to be game ready. And from not working out at all to being game ready is tough."
Guard Chennedy Carter (#3)
On what she saw different in her team in tonight's game versus in their last game against the Los Angeles Sparks...
"I think everyone just came out and played with confidence. Everyone played together. We found each other, moved the ball, and we made the game really easy tonight. So, that was the big thing. Those three's, they were jumping' from Strick [Shekinna Stricklen] and Glo [Glory Johnson], and I was like, 'Keep running it. Keep doing it. Keep doing y'all thing,' because I really want them to get confidence and believe in their selves. So I'm proud of them tonight."
On if she is back to the explosive she had prior to her ankle injury...
"I think I'm getting better. With the injury and just with everything, it's making me work harder - ten times harder than I've ever worked before. With these circumstances, we only have a little bit of time to practice with each other. It is difficult, but I'm making sure I do the right thing. Staying after practice hours. Making sure I'm getting my shots up. I'm just working with my teammates trying to find a groove and really get a rhythm."
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