Monday, August 10, 2015
Dream down Shock in battle of losing streaks -- Monday Cardinal Couple
ANGEL, SHONI COMBINE FOR 35 IN 98-90 WIN OVER TULSA
Atlanta traveled to Tulsa Sunday riding a five game losing streak. Not to be outdone, the Shock had a eight game losing streak on the books...including four in a row at home. A home that looks like it's headed to Dallas next season. Someone was going to win this one and it turned out to be Atlanta.
The Dream produced their highest point total of the season and got five in double figures...including 23 from former Cards Angel McCoughtry and 13 for Shoni Schimmel to improve their record to 8-14.
Both Angel and Shoni drew the start in a game that saw Atlanta jump out to a 23-19 first quarter lead. McCoughtry nailed a three in the second quarter that started a 19-8 run which gave the Dream a 50-38 lead with less than a minute to go in the second quarter.
Riquna Williams wasn't ready to let this one slip away for beleaguered Tulsa (10-13) though...pouring in 35 points. Her three-ball with 7:24 left in the third quarter got the Shock within one...but a 15-6 Atlanta run over the next three minutes made it 69-59 and the Shock never threatened again.
The game had several interesting matchups....Tulsa's Fred Williams (the former Atlanta coach) going up against his old squad and a rematch of Angel vs. former Oklahoma great Courtney "I'll pay back my scholarship if we lose to Louisville" Paris. Shoni also got reacquainted with former Baylor foe Odyssey Sims.
Atlanta wins for just the third time on the road this season but the Dream face a difficult challenge on Friday when they return home to host the Minnesota Lynx...who are atop the Western Conference.
Despite the losing record, the Dream aren't quite in the WNBA cellar yet...both San Antonio and L.A. have just seven wins and Seattle a mere five victories.