The Atlanta Dream opened up WNBA regular season play with a 98-81 win over the Tulsa Shock. Guard Tiffany Hayes led the Dream with 21 points, while forward Sancho Lyttle had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry also chipped in with 16 points.
The key to Atlanta’s win was their unselfish play, along with their ability to take care of the ball. Five Dream players finished with 3 or more assists, with point guard Jasmine Thomas dishing out 6. Rookie point guard Alex Bentley came off the bench and finished with 3 assists, 5 points, and 0 turnovers. If Thomas and Bentley continue to play with this level of consistency, it looks like the Lindsey Harding problem will be easily solved.
The Dream’s defense stymied the Shock, forcing a total of 22 turnovers, which resulted in 25 Dream points.
The Dream take on the Indiana Fever Friday night in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for keys to Friday’s game.