The Atlanta Dream got their 2011 season underway in great fashion with a 82-51 exhibition victory over Great Britain becoming the first WNBA team to play a game in Europe. Spreading the WNBA brand was a big part of the trip to Europe but the game was also the only tune up for the Dream before their season opener next weekend. Therefore it was important to get some work in as well.
Regulars Angel McCoughtry and Erika de Souza didn't make the trip. McCoughtry was home with a sprained knee while de Souza was home in Brazil with a personal matter. So that left plenty of time available for the players that are still trying to impress and make the club.
The Dream's Coco Miller led all scorers with 21 points while going 10-12 from the field. She got off to a hot start scoring seven of Atlanta's first nine points. Lindsey Harding made her Atlanta Dream debut scoring 11 points while dishing out five assists. Great Britain struggled with turnovers early and Atlanta wasted little time in building a 20 point advantage that they eventually pushed out beyond 30.
Sandora Irvin added 10 points and eight rebounds while Shalee Lehning added eight points on 3-for-6 shooting.
Former Oregon State Beaver, Kim Butler led Great Britain with 12 points and five rebounds. Julie Page added 10 points.
The Dream now will return to Atlanta and look to get everyone healthy for next Sunday's season opener against the New York Liberty.
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