by Bob Lancaster
It was the same story, different day situation for the Atlanta Dream on Sunday as they were defeated 89-73 by the Washington Mystics. The Dream managed to win 3 quarters of play but just like their losses in 2019 one quarter proved to be their undoing and that was the 3rd where they were outscored 28-7 by the Mystics.
“We won three of the four quarters today. If you eliminate one bad quarter, I thought we played really good basketball. I thought the first half was really good offensive basketball by us. The ball had a lot of energy, we moved the ball, we made some open shots, we got second shots. Mo (Monique Billings) played with a lot of energy and got us multiple offensive rebounds, and even though they didn’t all result in lay ups or put backs, they got us extra possessions. When you play with energy and get extra possessions—even if you don’t score—it just kind of keeps everyone engaged.” – Nicki Collen
In the first half the Dream were led by Tiffany Hayes with 16 points and Monique Billings who had 8 points and 10 rebounds. The Dream were able to contain Washington’s star forward Elena Delle Donne in that first half limiting her to just 6 points. The second half of play was a different story though as the Mystics changed up their game plan and limited Tiffany Hayes to just 2 points before Coach Nicki Collen took her out as the game got away early in the 4th.
The Mystics also pushed the ball inside to Delle Donne and Tiffany Hawkins as they scored 25 points between them in the second half. The Dream on the other end were unable to get anything going. Monique Billings did end up with her first career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Dream’s next matchup will be next Sunday vs the 3-7 New York Liberty.
For the Dream, Monique Billings earned her first double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.