Dream Re-Signs WNBA All-Star Erika de Souza

ATLANTA, March 16, 2010 - The Atlanta Dream announced today that the team has re-signed restricted free agent center Erika de Souza to a two year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“It’s a situation where Erika wanted to be here and we certainly wanted her back,” said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors. “She is one of the best centers in the world right now. We are very fortunate that were able to sign her to a two year deal.”

De Souza, a 6-5 center, earned her first All-Star appearance last season. The Brazil native started every contest in 2009, averaging 11.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game. She finished among league leaders in several statistical categories, including: rebounding (2nd), double-doubles (2nd), field goal percentage (4th) and blocks (5th).

Originally acquired by the Dream in the 2008 Expansion Draft from the Connecticut Sun, de Souza is entering her third season with the Dream and fifth in the WNBA. This offseason, de Souza is competing for Ros Casares in Spain, one of the top teams in EuroLeague. She is currently averaging 12.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Dream tips off its third season this summer at Philips Arena, with the home opener slated for May 16 against the Indiana Fever at 7 pm. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in the spring.