Jun 23, 2013; Uncasville, CT, USA; Atlanta Dream guard-forward Angel McCoughtry (35) drivs to the hoop against the Connecticut Sun during the second half at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
While everyone has been focused on the Hawks draft picks, the ladies suiting up for the Dream are piecing together what seems to be a record-setting season. The team is off to a franchise-best start with an 8-1 record, dropping a road game to the New York Liberty earlier this month.
The question on everyone’s mind right now, however, is will the Dream keep their streak alive without the services of forward Sancho Lyttle. Lyttle, who is averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds per game, will be playing for Spain’s national team until July 9th. In her absence, they have signed 12 year WNBA veteran and free agent, Ruth Riley, to help the Dream’s frontline. The 6’5″ center has two WNBA championship rings with Detroit Shock, but she only saw 1:39 seconds of court time in the Dream’s victory over the Indiana Fever.
Will Riley pick up where Lyttle left off? I don’t think so. The Dream will need to continue to rely on Angel McCoughtry’s all-star caliber performances, along with the unselfish play of their other starters to continue a season that could end up being a “dream” come true for McCoughtry and coach Fred Williams. Point guards Alex Bentley and Jasmine Thomas need to look for open shooting opportunities and have more of a scorer’s mentality. These strategies should enable the Dream to continue on their quest for a championship.
What do you think? Can the Dream continue their hot streak without Lyttle? Who or what is the key to their success?