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Atlanta Dream Brings Home Win Against New York Liberty

Lindsey Harding gets fouled by Liberty Guard Leilani Mitchell

The Atlanta Dream have had less than a stellar start to the 2011 season (3-7) – but that energy from last year’s Championship run returned last night while playing the New York Liberty at Philips Arena in Atlanta. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Dream found themselves down 7 points at the end of the first half. Part of the reason was that All-Star Angel McCoughtry was in foul trouble early (and much of the game) and got only 18 minutes of run time.

Courtside fans are fully focused on the game (DJ Frank Ski’s wife Tanya and one of their 3 sons)

Picking up the slack for McCoughtry were Erika de Souza (27 pts/15 rebs) and Lindsey Harding (25 pts/3 assts). Late in the 4th quarter, each player hit big free throws to tie the game in a seesaw battle for the lead with the Liberty. Armintie Price’s 8 pts and 6 rebs came at critical points in the game, which kept the momentum with the Atlanta Dream.

The Dream is sorely missing Center Sancho Lyttle, who is away competing for Spain in EuroBacket Women 2011 (a bi-annual basketball competition held between the nations of Europe [including Israel] for the women’s national basketball team).

Dream Forward Arminitie Price elevates for a big rebound down the stretch

The WNBA is more than just basketball, as seen by any attendees of a Dream game. Their community outreach programs are relatively unmatched in professional sports and each game is an interactive experience for the fans. A number of community awards are given throughout the season, and at nearly all Dream home games. Additionally, there is a large focus placed on the enrichment of children and empowerment of women. If that isn’t enough, the games are played with a significant amount of skill – something that is arguably missing from the men’s game.

For more information about the WNBA or the Atlanta Dream, visit their websites at www.wnba.com and www.wnba.com/dream respectively. See more photos from last night’s game here.

-Jay Young is Director of Photography and Video for AOM and The “HIGH UP”

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