Lynx Vs. Dream: Maya Moore Looks For A Triumphant Return To Her Hometown

The Atlanta Dream look for their first home victory of the season today when they take on Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on SportSouth.

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Lynx Vs. Dream Final Score: Seimone Augustus Leads Minnesota To Second Straight Win Over Atlanta

Being at home didn't make much difference as the Atlanta Dream fell to the Minnesota Lynx by a score of 77-64. Seimone Augustus scored a game high 19 points in for the Lynx who jumped out to a 26-10 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Atlanta closed the gap a couple of different times but never were able to threaten the Lynx who win their fifth straight game. 

In addition to Augustus' 19 points, Lindsay Whalen finished with 13 and Maya Moore chipped in 12. Rebekkah Brunson recorded her sixth double double in a row with 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action. 

Atlanta struggled offensively where all to often they broke down into isolation basketball in the half court. Their half court offense consists of way too much dribbling and not enough passing and ball movement. This is leading to a lot of tough shots and turnovers which their opponents are capitalizing on. 

Lindsey Harding led the way for Atlanta with 14 points but was just 3-14 from the field. Angel McCoughtry, Erika De Souza, and Coco Miller each finished with 10. McCoughtry sat out the entire fourth quarter after starting the game 2-13 from the field. 

Atlanta hit just 30 percent of their shots and were thoroughly beaten on the backboard with Minnesota holding a 51-38 rebounding advantage. I am not sure if this was rock bottom for the Dream but it sure felt that way. 

The problem with Atlanta most certainly is talent. After all this is the same team that was good enough to go to the WNBA Finals last season. They added an All-Star guard in Lindsey Harding during the off season. One might point to the early injuries to McCoughtry and the absence of Sancho Lyttle as reasons for the struggles. They most certainly have had an impact but I am seeing something else from this team. 

Chemistry issues are on both ends of the floor are hurting Atlanta and there are clearly some trust issues on offense. The problem for Marynell Meadors is figuring out how to fix those sorts of things as they don't always magically correct themselves. At 1-5 Atlanta has the worst record in the Eastern Conference and if they don't turn things around soon, they may dig themselves such a big hole that they won't be able to climb out of it. 

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Lynx Vs. Dream Score: Lindsay Whalen Leads Minnesota To 43-31 Halftime Lead

The Lynx outscored the Atlanta Dream 26-10 in the opening quarter and lead 43-31 at halftime. Atlanta just returned home from a three game road trip and are looking for their first win of the season at Philips Arena. The Dream has struggled offensively hitting on just 25 percent of their shots in the first half. 

Lindsay Whalen leads the way for the Lynx with a game-high 11 points. Seimone Augustus has seven points and Maya Moore has five for Minnesota. 

Angel McCoughtry has nine points to lead the way for Atlanta but is just 2-12 from the floor. Erika De Souza has eight points and nine rebounds but picked up her third foul just before halftime. Coco Miller came off the bench to give Atlanta a lift with seven points. 

The Dream were able to cut into the Minnesota lead during the second quarter thanks in large part to their defense which picked up considerably from their performance in the first quarter. 

For more on the Atlanta Dream and the WNBA, be sure and check out Swish Appeal

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Lynx Vs. Dream: Maya Moore Looks For A Triumphant Return To Her Hometown

Atlanta opens a five game home stand today when they finish their home and home series with the Minnesota Lynx. The Dream lost in Minnesota 96-85 Friday night dropping their record to 1-4 on the season. Atlanta has struggled with continuity at both ends of the floor as they have tried working in new faces to the lineup and had regulars out of the lineup due to injury. 

Angel McCoughtry had her best offensive game of the season in Friday's loss to the Lynx scoring 27 points after missing time earlier in the season with a sprained knee. Just as McCoughtry is working into form, Atlanta will be without the services of forward Sancho Lyttle who has left the team to be a part of Spain's national team as they begin play in the Women's Eurobasket tournament. Lyttle will miss the next five games. She is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game. 

Lyttle's absence was felt in the first meeting with Minnesota as the Dream struggled to match up with Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson. Brunson is averaging 15.4 points and 14 rebounds per game while recording double doubles in all five of Minnesota's games. 

Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 25 points while Atlanta native and former UConn star Maya Moore had 13 points. 

Atlanta figures to improve offensively with the re-emergence of McCoughtry but their defensive struggles are alarming. Through five games they are among the league's worst while allowing 86.4 points per game. In their two games at Philips Arena, the Dream has allowed 96 points per game in two overtime losses. 

For more on the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, be sure and check out Swish Appeal.

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