Williams and Laney Land All-Defensive First Team Honors

ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream center Elizabeth Williams and forward-guard Betnijah Laney were both named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Tuesday.

Williams led the team with 30 blocks, the third-most across the league, while her 1.4 blocks per game ranked fifth in the WNBA. This season she became the Dream’s all-time blocks leader, surpassing 300 in her five-year career in Atlanta.

Laney’s 35 total steals led the Dream and ranked seventh in the league this season. The 2020 WNBA and AP Most Improved Player finished the season with career-high averages of 1.6 steals and 4.9 total rebounds per game, adding on to her impressive 17.2 points and 4.0 assists per game.

This marks the first time the Dream had two players on the All-Defensive First Team since 2014 (Sancho Lyttle and Angel McCoughtry), and only the third time multiple players have been featured on the First Team in franchise history.


Position               Player, Team                                      1st Team               2nd Team              Points
Guard                   Alysha Clark, Seattle                       11                           0                              55
Guard                   Betnijah Laney, Atlanta                  7                              4                              47
Forward               Brianna Turner, Phoenix               8                              1                              43
Forward               Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut        6                              3                              39
Center                  Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta           3                              3                              24



Position               Player, Team                                      1st Team               2nd Team              Points
Forward               Breanna Stewart, Seattle              3                              6                              33
Forward               Napheesa Collier, Minnesota      3                              5                              30
Guard                   Ariel Atkins, Washington               2                              5                              25
Guard                   Brittney Sykes, Los Angeles         0                              8                              24
Center                  A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas                    3                              2                              21


The 2021 season marks the organization’s 14th in the WNBA. The Dream have qualified for the playoffs nine times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.