Dream Drop Home Opener To Wings


By Jameelah Johnson

The Wings jumped out to an eight-point halftime lead and hung on for a 78-70 win on the road against the Dream on Saturday. Do-it-all guard Skylar Diggins-Smith paced Dallas with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and teammate Liz Cambage continued her strong start to the season with a double-double. Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with 19 points and 7 rebounds. 

"We're still learning each other. We gotta learn each other's game," McCoughtry said.

The Dream's Elizabeth Williams (14 points, 8 rebounds) used her quickness to counter Cambage's strength in the first half. The Wings countered by using off-the-ball screens to give them more options on offense en route to a 39-31 lead at intermission.

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Led by Renee Montgomery, who drained two three-pointers, the Dream cut the deficit to four in the third quarter. 

The Wings got back in control by driving and drawing contact to get to the free throw line in the fourth quarter. 

A key sequence in the game occurred with 7:01 left to play and the Wings up by three. The Dream missed five straight shots at the rim on one possession. The Dream made just 28 percent of their shots from the field. The effort was there for Atlanta, but the shooting was not.