Dream Open Preseason with 82-59 Win over Dallas

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Atlanta Dream opened its 2019 season with an 82-59 win over the Dallas Wings in the first game of a preseason tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Guard Alex Bentley led the Dream with 15 points in 21 minutes of action off the bench. Center Marie Gülich added 10 points and six rebounds in her first action as a member of the Dream.

Atlanta recorded 24 assists on 34 shots made and blocked an impressive 10 shots on the evening.

The game was never in question as the Dream held a 44-29 lead after the first 20 minutes. Bentley led all scorers with 10 points at the half.

The Dream will take on the New York Liberty Tuesday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. inside Mohegan Sun Arena.

 

Atlanta Dream Quotes

Head Coach Nicki Collen

On the team’s play in its preseason opener…
“I am always going to be a defensive minded coach and I only want to give the other team one shot. I felt that if Dallas has one strength, it is its ability to come to the glass from four positions, which you saw early in the game. I think we did a better job of eliminating second chance points as the game went continued. We are long, we are active, 10 blocks, we are going to rotate, but I don’t like how many fouls we had in tonight’s game. Early in the third quarter we put them in the bonus so we have to play with our feet and not with our hands, but defensively we are always going to try to set the tone. I wanted Tiffany Hayes to introduce Arike (Ogunbowale) to the WNBA and establish our defense. I think in the second half we did a very good job of sharing the basketball. 24 assists on 34 baskets will always makes me happy. Also, the misses we had were on good shots that did not go in the hoop.”

 

#20 Alex Bentley, Guard

On the team’s play in its preseason opener…
“I am really proud of my teammates play tonight. We came out, played hard and shared the ball incredibly well. I like how we gel. ”

On the team’s focus for the rest of preseason…
“I did not like the execution of our help side defense. There were not aware when they needed to be, and it wasn’t working out. We will definitely focus on that and rebounding.”