10:00 PM ET, August 13, 2011
Key Arena, Seattle, WA
SEATTLE -- Angel McCoughtry knew it right from the start: This game would belong to the Atlanta Dream.McCoughtry and Iziane Castro Marques each scored 17 points on Saturday in Atlanta's 92-63 victory over the Seattle Storm.Lindsey Harding added 12 points for Atlanta (11-12), and Sancho Lyttle and Armintie Price had 10 apiece.Atlanta beat the Storm (13-11) for the second time in seven days in a rematch of the 2010 WNBA championship series, which Seattle swept in three games."You know how you just have that feeling?" McCoughtry asked. "I felt good before the game. We came out very focused. Everyone was good and we weren't dwelling on (Thursday's 109-95) loss in Phoenix. This was just an all-around team effort. Things like this don't happen all the time."Why dwell on a loss? McCoughtry said. "Dwell on this."Katie Smith scored 15 points for the Storm, who suffered their most-lopsided loss of the season and their third by more than 20 points. Swin Cash had 14 points, and Sue Bird -- honored for her 10 years with Seattle in a pregame ceremony -- finished with 10.The Dream hit their first three shots of the game and finished at a season-high 58.8 percent (40 of 68). That also was the most field goals they've made this season."I knew we were ready to play yesterday (during practice) when we worked on a lot of shooting," Atlanta coach Marynell Neadors said. "We're beginning to get a little bit healthy, and we took a lot of shots yesterday, and I thought that helped us tonight. When we were taking shots tonight, we were taking those same shots yesterday, and those shots went in. We've had numerous games when they haven't gone down."Atlanta took a 50-42 lead into halftime and was just the second team this season to put up 50 first-half points against the Storm's league-leading defense."Defensively, we never played well all night long," Seattle coach Brian Agler said. "We stayed in the game because we did shoot the ball pretty well early. But it isn't that we didn't take notice of that. We recognized that early on."The Dream scored the first eight points of the second half, building their lead to 60-42. The Storm never came closer than 13 after that and trailed by 20 or more points for the final nine minutes of the game."We knew what their strengths were going into it, and they played to their strengths, and we just never got them off of that," Bird said. "They definitely hit some tough shots, but they have some players who can do that."After causing 29 Seattle turnovers in last Sunday's 70-53 Dream victory at home, Atlanta forced 20 more on Saturday, leading to 32 points."We really watched a lot of tape and we've played Seattle a few times since last year, so we know how they like to play," Castro Marques said. "We just worked on getting things done that they don't like to do."The Storm had an eight-game homecourt winning streak snapped. It was just their second loss at home this season after going 17-0 in 2010 at home.
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 13: Tanisha Wright #30 of the Seattle Storm shoots against Coco Miller #9 of the Atlanta...
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||40-68 (58.824)||24-61 (39.344)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-5 (.400)||4-15 (.267)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-15 (66.667)||11-13 (84.615)|
|Fast Break Points||12||6|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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