The new-look Atlanta Dream took on the Chicago Sky on the first day of the WNBA preseason and they looked good.
When the Atlanta Dream put together their new roster they wanted better results than last year when they missed the playoffs. In a positive first step they won their preseason opener against the Chicago Sky. The positive is they still have plenty of room for improvement.
Preseason game vs Chicago Sky
The Dream took this game out easily. It was tight in the first quarter with the Dream taking a 23-20 advantage into the first break. Then they came out and wrested control away from the Sky in the second quarter going into halftime with a 43-31 lead. From there they just managed the lead until they came away with the win.
New super-sub Renee Montgomery played a tremendous game going 5-of-9 from the field including 3-of-6 from deep. She hit her first three from distance on the night. Montgomery also had seven assists and three rebounds on the night. Tiffany Hayes also had a great game, scoring 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Maggie Lucas was given 15 minutes and produced nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. Second round draft pick Monique Billings was given 10 minutes, scoring six points and collecting five rebounds in a strong showing.
The good news for the Dream is they have plenty of improvement in them. Jessica Breland went 0-of-7 in her 17 minutes on the court but did have five rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block. Elizabeth Williams went an unusual 3-of-10, scoring 11 points. She also collected seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Dream waived Alexa Hart on May the 5th. Hart is a 6’3″ forward out of Ohio State where she averaged 8.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
Live twitter games
The Dream have four live feed twitter games this season. Their first live game is on the 20th of May vs the Dallas Wings. I get the feeling this could be one of the best games to watch on WNBA all day.
Their second live twitter game is just over a week later on the 29th of May. This will be another top rating game as they get to test themselves against the reigning champions the Minnesota Lynx.
The third live game is on the 24th of July where the Dream take on the Los Angeles Sparks. As this game is well into the season it will be interesting to see how the team has come together against another championship contender.
Their last live game is on the 31st of July against the Washington Mystics. For anyone who wants to see incredible basketball, lock these four dates into your diary, they should be intense.
Come back next week for the next installment of Dream Tuesdays