The Atlanta Dream have officially reached the halfway point of the 2018 regular season.
By Katie Morrison
Under first-year head coach Nicki Collen, the Dream are currently 8-8, ranking third in the Eastern Conference and eighth overall. Atlanta was able to start the 2018 season on the right track by claiming big wins early on and establishing a dominant defensive presence on the court. Though the Dream have now reached the midpoint of the season, there is still plenty of basketball to be played.
Atlanta will kick off the second half of the regular season at home this Friday against the Seattle Storm (13-5) at 7 PM ET. The Dream has a favorable schedule in July with seven out of 10 games being at home.
Here is a look at the Dream’s most significant statistics by the numbers of the 2018 season thus far:
39 – Career High Points Scored by McCoughtry
The WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist is making her return known on the court after her absence in the 2017 season. Angel McCoughtry now ranks 15th overall among WNBA career scoring leaders at 5,258 career points. She also became the second fastest in league history to reach the 5,000 point total behind Diana Taurasi. On June 19, McCoughtry set a new career high of 39 points on the road against the New York Liberty.
17.0 – Hayes Ranks 13th in Points Per Game
Tiffany Hayes ranks 13th in the league in points per game, averaging 17.0. Hayes scored a season high 24 points on June 8 to lead Atlanta to an 87-83 victory on the road over Las Vegas, and has had six 20-plus scoring efforts so far this season. Hayes is also currently averaging 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
6.1 – Hayes Gets to the Charity Stripe
Tiffany Hayes has been extremely aggressive on offense this season. She is taking the ball to the basket and has been drawing fouls. Hayes is attempting 6.1 free-throw attempts per game and knocking them down at an 84.8% clip. She tied the franchise record for attempts in one quarter when she shot 12 in the 1st quarter against the Indiana Fever on June 14.
7.5 – Dream Ranks Second in Steals Per Game
It’s no secret that the Dream’s success this season has come largely from its deadly defensive performance. Atlanta ranks second in the league in steals per game with 7.5, just behind the Los Angeles Sparks, who average 8.4. McCoughtry leads the Dream with 1.6, and is tied with Chelsea Gray and Nneka Ogwumike for fourth in the league in steals per game.
35.6 – Atlanta Sits Fifth in Rebounds Per Game
The Dream’s defense has been their strong suit in the first half of the season. Atlanta ranks fifth in rebounds per game, averaging 35.6. Breland leads the team with 8.0 rebounds on average, ranking her fifth in the league in rebounds per game.
4.9 – Dream Ranks Third in Blocked Shots
The Dream is averaging 4.9 blocks per game, ranking third behind the Phoenix Mercury (5.3) and Dallas Wings (5.2). Jessica Breland leads Atlanta with 1.8 blocks per game. She is currently tied for third for blocked shots in the league with Natasha Howard, who trail Brittney Griner and Liz Cambage.