By Katie Morrison
With less than a week until the first game of the season, Dream rookie Monique Billings is feeling confident in her progress since first practicing with her new team. After the first day of training camp, Billings felt she needed to make some changes in order to adapt to a new system along with the team’s high tempo.
With more practice and two exhibition games now behind her, Billings is feeling more confident as the team prepares to take on the Dallas Wings on the road for the first game of the season on Sunday, May 20.
“I feel really good. I think I’ve been making a lot of progress,” said Billings after Monday’s practice. “I have a lot of good vets to looks up to, and that has helped me to see what I need to do because I just try to model my game after them.”
One of those vets is WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry. At first, Billings was intimidated by playing with someone of McCoughtry’s caliber, but quickly found her serving as a mentor.
“Angel has been like a big sister to me,” explained Billings. “She’s taken me under her wing and been really helpful. She keeps telling me to ‘trust my shot’ and to ‘take my shot.’ She’s really looking out for me out there.”
The Dream will practice Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday before travelling to Dallas, where they will have one final practice on Saturday before Sunday’s game. Heading into this weekend, Billings says she’s “just trying to stick to what I know how to do well, and do those things really, really well.”
The Dream home opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 against the visiting Dallas Wings beginning at 6 p.m. Season, group and single-game tickets are available now. For more information, visit atlantadream.net or call 877.977.7729.