Game Preview: Dream vs. Sky (07/05/08)


Atlanta vs. Chicago
Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Philips Arena
Radio: 1230/1340 AM

The Dream finish out their Independence Day week home stand with their third matchup of the year against the Chicago Sky. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Philips Arena.

Atlanta (0-17) is still looking for its first win in franchise history at the midpoint of the season. The Dream are coming off a 72-65 loss to the Houston Comets on Thursday, July 3. Atlanta started the game cold, scoring only six points in the first quarter and shooting 1-17 from the field. The bench, led by Katie Feenstra’s 11 points and nine rebounds, stepped up to get the Dream back in the game. Late in the fourth, Ivory Latta and Betty Lennox warmed up, getting the Dream within three points with 19.1 seconds left, but Houston sealed the game at the free throw line.

Chicago (5-10) was in action on Wednesday night, losing to the Indiana Fever 74-67 despite 20 points and 13 rebounds from Candice Dupree. Dominique Canty scored 16 and Jia Perkins chipped in 13 points for the Sky, who were looking to extend a two game winning streak after five consecutive losses. The Sky have been without rookie center Sylvia Fowles, who has not played since injuring her knee on June 3, 2008 vs. the Los Angeles Sparks.

This is the third matchup between Atlanta and Chicago. The Sky lead the series 2-0, winning back-to-back matchups on June 6 and June 7. The Dream lost the first mathcup at home, 86-72. Candice Dupree finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Jia Perkins added 16 points and nine rebounds for Chicago. Atlanta was led by Ivory Latta’s 17 points and five assists. In the second matchup in Chicago, the Sky cruised to a 91-70 victory behind Candice Dupree’s 20 points and six rebounds. Jennifer Lacy led the Dream with 18 points and 10 rebounds, her first career double-double.

Next up for the Dream is a long road swing, starting with a July 9 matchup against the Minnesota Lynx. The Dream return home on July 22, 2008 for “Kids Day” at Philips Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 am and tickets are available for just $10.