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Atlanta Dream (6-14) at Phoenix Mercury (10-10)

Atlanta Notes

  • Atlanta’s record against Phoenix moves to 9-22 all time.
  • The Dream started Odyssey Sims, Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford, Candice Dupree and Elizabeth Williams for the first time this season.
    • This was Dupree’s first game in a Dream uniform after signing with the team on July 26.
  • Individual
    • Aari McDonald set the franchise record of 31 consecutive made free throws with her first made free throw today.
      • She surpassed her current teammate Tiffany Hayes, who previously held the record along with Damiris Dantas with 30 consecutive made free throws.
      • In her first return to the state of Arizona since helping lead the Arizona Wildcats to their first ever NCAA Tournament Finals appearance earlier this year, McDonald recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
        • Her four steals marks a new season-high record (previous: 2, three times).
    • Courtney Williams scored 30 points, her second 30-point outing of the season and sixth 20-point game this year. 
    • Candice Dupree recorded 9 points and 4 rebounds in her first game with Atlanta.
  • Team
    • The Dream recorded fewer turnovers than their opponent (9-17) for the 17th time this season, and turned the ball over fewer than 10 times for the 16th time this season and 8th-straight game.
      • Atlanta ranks second in the league in both total team turnovers (averaging only 12.1 per game) and points off turnovers (with an average of 17.6 per game).

Tyler Butler