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A night where Tiffany Hays accepted her First Team All WNBA award, Hays and the Atlanta Dream (1-1) didn’t show signs of being first as they lost 82-66 to the Seattle Storm (2-1).
Led by center Natasha Howard’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, Seattle took charge from the beginning and never looked back. Although they didn’t shoot well from the field, the Storm came out as the aggressors.
The Dream started out sloppy going 4-20 from the field and 2-11 from the three-point line in the first quarter. From there, Atlanta couldn’t get in a groove and continued shooting a low percentage from the floor for the rest of the half.
“I thought early in the game, we got great shots, I thought we were moving the ball, I thought we were moving transition and getting stops,” stated Dream’s coach Nicki Collen.
Seattle was able to get to the line early and often by going 15-18 from the line in the first half alone.
In the third quarter, the Dream came out energized. More determined, Atlanta’s ball movement created easier shots which help cut an 18-point lead to nine.
Seattle was able to push the lead back to 20 points in the fourth quarter behind Howard.
This was the second game of the season after a seven day layoff. “I think if we’re going into an off day or practice, it’s kind of tougher on your head but now we have something to focus on and it’s really immediate,” stated Dream’s center Elizabeth Williams.
Brittany Sykes led the Dream with 12 points. She was the only Dream player who scored in double figures.
Atlanta will play the second game of their back-to-back on the road against the Washington Mystics.