If the Atlanta Dream are going to pull out a victory at home against the New York Liberty then they are going to have to pick it up defensively and find a way to share the ball on offense. The Liberty shot a red hot 53 percent from the field in the first half including hitting five of 12 three point attempts.
Atlanta shot just 43 percent in the first half but helped themselves by getting to the line 14 times. The Dream as a team have only five assists which shows that their offensive game has broken down into too many one on one situations. Atlanta is really lucky to be as close as they are but the free throw disparity combined with 12 turnovers by the Liberty have them still within striking distance.
New York's Plenette Pierson leads all scorers with 15 first half points. Nicole Powell has 10 and Cappie Pondexter has nine for the Liberty.
Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to score 13 points to lead the Dream. Lindsey Harding finished the half with eight points. McCoughtry was held out of the starting lineup due to a disciplinary action by head coach Marynell Meadors.
Atlanta is without the services of point guard Shalee Lehning who injured her knee in Sunday's game against Connecticut. Lehning awaits the results of an MRI and is in street clothes this evening for the Dream.
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