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Postgame Notes: Atlanta 79, Los Angeles 84

August 31, 2020 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Atlanta Dream News Release

Atlanta Dream (3-13) at Los Angeles Sparks (12-3)

August 30, 2020

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Points Rebounds Assists

Atlanta 19 19 18 23 79 Carter - 26 Billings - 14 Dietrick - 5

Los Angeles 17 20 21 26 84 Sykes - 15 Parker - 10 Parker - 7

Atlanta Notes

- Atlanta's record against Los Angeles moves to 16-14 all-time. The Dream previously dropped a 93-85 decision in overtime to the Sparks on August 21.

- The Dream started Chennedy Carter, Courtney Williams, Betnijah Laney, Monique Billings and Elizabeth Williams for the second straight game.

- Chennedy Carter was back in double-figures for the ninth time this season with 26 points.

o This marked her third 20+ point game of the season.

o She tied her season high record of 11 made field goals, three made three-pointers and four attempted three-pointers.

- Monique Billings recorded her fifth double-digit rebounding game with 14 tonight, adding on 12 points for her fourth double-double of the season and fifth of her career.

o She has grabbed at least eight rebounds in the last six games.

o She has had four games with at least five offensive rebounds.

o This was her sixth time scoring in double digits in the last seven games.

- Blake Dietrick dished out five assists tonight - her third straight game and fifth of the season with at least five assists.

- Kaela Davis made her first appearance in a Dream uniform.

- Atlanta grabbed a season-high 45 rebounds.

Atlanta Quotes

Head Coach Nicki Collen

On what hindered the Atlanta Dream from winning down the stretch ...

"I think if you look at the stretch from about five minutes to three minutes, we missed three layups and we had two turnovers. A turnover when we got a stop in transition that we gave back to them, and the dropped pass by E [Elizabeth Williams] where she was wide open under the rim. We were getting good shots. We were getting any shot we wanted. We were missing around the rim. I think it's hard not to play Monique Billings because the kids just goes and gets 14 rebounds. She's so bouncy and so active and gives us extra possessions, but she was missing around the rim. It was that. We had three straight layup misses during that stretch. Against a team like LA that's gotten so good at believing in themselves late in games, if you look at the last four games, every game has looked like this. They've either been down double digits or eight points. They did it against Connecticut. They did it against us and against Dallas. All three of those teams had the lead against them at some point in the fourth quarter. When you lead the game in a close game, and you have Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker, you have the advantage. I mean you just do. Those are two world class players that the moment is never too big. They handle it. They don't even have to run offense. They just give it to them and space and let those guys play. It was that stretch, when we were up two, that we needed to push it to be up six, or putting them up eight, so that they're not in that comfortable mode. That was the big thing. I mean, we got good shots. We got three layups. Then the turnover and transition was bad, but I mean, Courtney [Williams] threw a dime to Elizabeth, who just fumbled the ball out of bounds with no one guarding her under the basket. It was those plays. It's winning plays that we had to make."

Forward Monique Billings (#25)

On Chennedy Carter's performance in her second game back from her ankle injury...

"I feel like she just got her mojo back. I was shooting with her yesterday and she just needs to get her bounce and her confidence back. It looked like that was what she was doing today. She wasn't overthinking. She just looked free out there."

On what she was seeing down the stretch from the Sparks that threw the team off...

"I would just say they kept their foot on the gas. At times we didn't we didn't match their energy. There were some possessions where we kind of lost focus. I blame myself for a couple of those plays down the stretch. So, it's just something that we have to learn from as a team, and keep learning how to close out a game."

Guard Chennedy Carter (#3)

On what she was seeing from the Sparks' defense that allowed her to attack and put pressure on them...

"Honestly, I think they were just playing a lot of aggressive defense, which allowed me to attack a little bit more. Then, just before the game, Coach came out and said, 'be aggressive, use your ball screens, use your step up, find yourself, find your game,' and that's exactly what I tried to do."

On why the Dream matches up well against the Sparks...

"I don't know. I think we just have the size. I think we have a lot of vets who have been there before and can keep up in ball games, keep us composed, and can make good shots, as well as them. Chelsea [Gray] had an outstanding game. Candace [Parker] did well. I mean, I think we can just match up well with just our guards and our posts. Then we play hard. I think it's not so well as the match up. I think it's just the Atlanta Dream trying to play hard and fight to the finish."

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