Sky falls to the Dream 98-74
Prince continues to impress Sky fans and Head Coach Steven Key. Despite being down for the majority of the game, Prince maintained her aggressive style of play, driving to the basket trying to keep the Sky in the game. However, it was too much too late.
Prince led all scorers with 18 points off the bench on 7-of-15 shooting. Fowles, who continues to draw double teams no matter the opponent, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. She also collected two blocks, which makes 153 for her career. That is a Sky franchise record for career blocks.
The Sky came out of the gate looking like a team that belongs in the playoffs. However, with some defensive adjustments by the Dream (19-13), they were able to take a commanding halftime lead after outscoring the Sky 31-11 in the second.
With the victory, Atlanta clinches a playoff berth. After losing four in a row, the mentality of the dream is what led to this breakout win. “I think it wasn’t about the changes that we made but it was about our attitude today,” Dream guard Iziane Castro-Marques said. “More than anything, more than technical, tactical, it was our attitude that changed the way we played today.”
As the season comes to a close, more and more teams in the Eastern Conference are realizing just how hard their side of the bracket has become. Atlanta Head Coach Marynell Meadors knows Chicago will be a contender for seasons to come.
“Chicago has some great players and you can’t take anything away from what they have done,” Meadors said. “It’s just a tough league and in the Eastern Conference, it’s a battle every single night. You just hope you have a chance to win the game in the last two minutes. That’s how tough it has been with the Eastern Conference.”