Rhyne Howard Rookie of the Month

Atlanta Dreams steal another win on Wednesday night, final score 84-76. Just win you think things couldn’t get even better for the Dreams, their star-rookie Rhyne Howard, rookie of the month. Howard has been in a bit of a slump the last two of Atlanta’s games. She was completely shut down against the Mystics, scoring zero points in the game. Their next game against the Mercury’s, she showed some improvement by finishing with 12 points. On this evening, she displayed exactly why she was named Rookie of the Month. Howard had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Start of the Game

The Minnesota Lynx were coming into tonight’s game with many of their players on the injury lists. One of those being their star guard Moriah Jefferson who was out indefinitely with a quadricep injury. Lynx totaled 6 players out with injuries. Many would think that this would be the downfall to Minnesota, but the Lynx fought every inch of the way. The Lynx had a rocky start at the beginning and allowed the Dreams to take charge. The team had a total of 10 turnovers in the 2nd. 8 of those turnovers were made in 14 possessions. Lynx guard Kayla McBride helped the Lynx on several possessions and at the end scoring 20 points, making this her 3rd consecutive game with double figures. Minnesota’s shooting average was at 52% after the half trying to bring a 20 point deficit at halftime.

Atlanta takes off

Dreams guard Aari McDonald was a force off the bench with 11 points and 8 steals, which is a franchise record in steals for a player. A Dream blow-out would not exist without the explosive Kristy Wallace making it rain with 3’s in the building! Wallace finished as the player of the game and a new career high of 18 points. The most explosive play of the game was when Dreams’ guard Erica Wheeler – the floor general for the team, drains a three with 1 second left on the shot clock that sent the fans roaring.

photo credit / lynx.wnba.com

Sylvia Fowles – the veteran

Minnesota Lynx definitely had the rebound advantage over the Dreams. Their star, Sylvia Fowles racked in 20 rebounds. Fowles is the Lynx’s on hand, super scorer, but Atlanta limited her this evening. Fowles is making news by announcing this is her last season in the league after a 14 year career. Fowles has had numerous success in the league being Defensive player of the year and all time double-double player in the league. Atlanta Dreams next game will be at home against Candace Parker and the Chicago Sky Friday, June 3 at 6:30pm. Atlanta ‘s current standing is 6-3 ranked 3rd just above the Sky who is currently 5-3 and ranked number 4 in the division.

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