Today in the A: July 24

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope everyone has a little extra pep in their step today after seeing the Braves steamroll the Marlins yesterday 12-1! The Braves provided the only sports entertainment for us Atlantians yesterday but it sure brought a smile to all of our faces.

The Braves were led by Charlie Culberson’s 4 hits and 3 RBIs yesterday as he continues to swing a hot bat. Freddie Freeman continued his MVP campaign by blasting his 17th homer of the season and driving 2 as he finished the day 2-5.

Sean Newcomb got back on track after a couple rough outings. He pitched 6 strong innings allowing just 1 run and striking out 5. The bullpen combined for 3 scoreless innings as that was another positive takeaway from yesterdays game.

The Braves are back in action early today at 12:10pm because the team is headed back to Atlanta after the game to begin a 4 game series with the Dodgers on Thursday. Julio Teheran will be getting the ball trying to outduel Wei-Yin Chen.

Over in LA our Atlanta Dream will look for their 8th straight win as they take on Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks. The Dream and Sparks have the 2nd and 3rd best records in the WNBA respectively.

Join us tomorrow for Today in the A for a recap of today’s events and what is hppenig tomorrow!

Bret Anderson: @Bret_A27

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Liz Cambrage sets WNBA record in points scored in a single game

Liz Cambrage of the Dallas Wings set a WNBA record when she scored 53 points in a game versus the New York Liberty on Tuesday. Cambrage made 17 of 22 shots from the field including 5 from beyond the arc. Her previous high was 37 points which she set earlier this month versus the Chicago Sky. Cambrage finished today’s game with 53 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

The former single-game high in the WNBA was 51 points, set by guard Riquna Williams when she played for the Dallas Wings franchise that was still in Tulsa as the Shock. Liz Cambrage was drafted 2nd overall in the 2011 WNBA draft behind Maya Moore but only played 2 seasons, 2011 and 2013. Cambrage tore her achillies in 2014 but didn’t play in the WNBA from 2015-17. Cambrage returned this season and has quickly become a star.

Look for Liz Cambrage and the Dallas Wings to make some noise this season when the playoffs begin. The Dallas Wings play the Washington Mystics Thursday at 8 PM. The Wings hope to improve upon their 13-9 record but will be in a tough matchup with the Mystics. Mystics star forward Elana Delle Donne is healthy and back in the lineup. Don’t miss out on a battle that should be quite fierce between Liz Cambrage and Elana Delle Donne.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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Today in the A: July 14th

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Braves fall in Game 1 against Arizona

Last night the Braves took on the first of three games at home against Arizona before the All Star Break. Atlanta jumped out early to a 1-0 lead with a Suzuki single in the 1st inning, but ended up falling 2-1. Godley walked away with the win and Sam Freeman got the loss.

Sanchez pitched very well in 6 innings only giving up 5 hits and 1 run. On the offensive side of the plate Inciarte and Albies each went 0-4 at the top of the lineup; however Freeman, Markakis, and Suzuki combined for a nice 5-12 in the heart of the lineup.

The Braves are now 3-7 in their last 10 games and with the Phillies winning today, Atlanta now sits 1.5 games behind Philadelphia for the division lead. The Braves will play game 2 today at 4:10 and it will be Newcomb vs Greinke on the mound.

Hawks win consolation game without star players

The Atlanta Hawks played their consolation game, their final summer league game, last night against the LA Clippers winning 97-81. Atlanta’s Summer League stars John Collins, Tyler Dorsey Omari Spellman, and of course Trae Young all sat out last night to rest and not risk further injuries.

Overall it was a close game throughout, however Atlanta was too much down the stretch for LA. Starting point guard Robert Johnson was the most consistent starter with 18 points tonight. However it was the play off the bench of Alpha Kaba and Junior Robinson that will excite Hawks fans. 2017 2nd round pick, Alpha Kaba, finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds (11 offensive), and 4 blocks in 24 minutes. 5’5 undrafted Junior Robinson had 20 points in his 26 minutes of game time.

The Atlanta Hawks finish Las Vegas Summer League with a 3-3 record and leave with a very exciting group of players. Aside from veterans Collins and Dorsey, saw standout performances from Young, Spellman, Morris, Adams, Kaba, and Robinson. The rebuilding Hawks definitely are looking at a bright future, and only time will tell how the 2018-2019 roster will shape out.

Atlanta Dream cruise past Indiana Fever

The Dream beat the Indiana Fever last night with a final score of 98-74. It was one of Atlanta’s best games of the season as 7 different players scored in double figures. A few standout performances was Elizabeth Williams finishing with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Tiffany Hayes having 16 points, and off the bench Brittney Skyes providing 14 points and 5 assists. Atlanta’s star Angel McCoughtry finished the game with 10 points and 7 assists.

They Atlanta Dream improve their record to 11-9, moving past Connecticut for 2nd in the East, trailing only Washington by 1.5 games. The Dream will play Sunday at home against Elana Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics at 3:00pm.

Come back tomorrow, and everyday for another “Today in the A”!

Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

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Atlanta Dream trade PG Layshia Clarendon for Connecticut Sun PG Alex Bentley

 

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The Atlanta Dream have traded point guard Layshia Clarendon for ex-Dream point guard Alex Bentley.

Bentley was originally selected by the Dream in the 2013 WNBA draft before being traded to the Connecticut Sun the year after. In 19 games, Bentley averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 rebounds in 21.7 minutes of play. Head coach Nicki Collen coached Bentley for two seasons in Connecticut. Adding Alex Bentley gives the Dream another offensive threat to backup Renee Montgomery at point guard. Alex Bentley has shot 30.8% from beyond the arc in her career.

Layshia Clarendon is being sent to the Sun along with a 2019 2nd round pick. Clarendon averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 17.3 minutes for the Dream this season. This trade does come however after learning that Alex Bentley had a physical altercation with her teammate Courtney Williams.  Hopefully, in familiar scenery, Bentley will continue to play at a high level without any locker room issues.

The Atlanta Dream take on the Washington Mystics Wednesday at 11:30 am so make sure you watch and cheer our fabulous ladies on.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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Today in the A: July 9th

 

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Sadly, it is Monday, and to make things worse, there are no games going on for any of our beloved Atlanta sports teams today.

To recap yesterdays performances, the Braves ended their game road trip by dropping their rubber match against the Brewers 10-3. The Braves ended the road trip at 5-5 and are currently tied for the lead in the division with the Phillies. Tomorrow, the Braves will begin a 2 game series with the Blue Jays as they look to finish strong before the All Star Break.

Yesterday, four Braves were named to the National League All Star Team: Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis were named starters, Ozzie Albies as a reserve, and Mike Foltynewicz’s good work on the mound earned him an All Star roster spot.

To the basketball side of things in Atlanta, the Hawks dropped their 5th Summer League game last night 85-68 to the Blazers. Trae Young didn’t do to much mainly because he left the game early in the first half with a thigh contusion. Young continued to showcase his passing skills and court vision that will work wonders for the Hawks this upcoming season.

Our Atlanta Dream beat the Phoenix Mercury yesterday afternoon 76-70.

Join us again tomorrow as we will discuss what will be going on in the A tomorrow!

Bret Anderson: @Bret_A27

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Why You Should Watch The WNBA

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While you are sitting there waiting for the NFL season to start up you are missing out on something great. The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has been broadcasting amazing talent this season. Players such as Skylar Diggins-Smith, Elena Delle Donne, Breanna Stewart, Dianna Taurasi, and newcomer A’ja Wilson have been tearing it up lately. The WNBA has the parity that a national sports league needs.

If you appreciate the sport down to its very core then you should definitely give the WNBA a try. These women are the best in the world at what they do and prove it on a nightly basis. The following is a video of Skylar Diggins-Smith scoring a career-high 35 points vs the Indiana Fever.

 

The WNBA may not be a fast paced high scoring league but you can appreciate that these women play the game correctly and will not shy away from showcasing their talent. One could argue that the WNBA has a lot more talent than other leagues because these women have to rely on the fundamentals of basketball instead of cruising by with athleticism.

My favorite WNBA team is the Atlanta Dream. The Atlanta Dream have star forward Angel McCoughtry returning to the lineup after sitting out last season to nurse injuries. McCoughtry is known for her high volume scoring and clutch shots. Now that she has returned the Atlanta Dream look exciting again and hope to return to the playoffs this season.

The Atlanta Dream have players such as Tiffany Hayes, Brittney Sykes, Jessica Breeland, and Elizabeth Williams who bring their A game every night. I implore you to consider choosing the Atlanta Dream as your favorite team in the WNBA as they are one of the more exciting teams in the league. The following video shows you Angel McCoughtry doing what she does best.

 

We all can help the WNBA expand its league by simply acknowledging its presence. The WNBA is full of exciting talent and I suggest that you take the time out of your day and watch a game or two. Each team has at least one-star player so you will not be missing out on A+ efforts. Pick a team and become a fan today and show our women the love they deserve.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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WNBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Dream Pick-by-Pick Analysis

The WNBA draft for the Atlanta Dream went about as perfect as it could have for a team without a first round selection. The Dream traded what eventually became the 3rd overall pick in exchange for Imani Boyette, Tamara Young, and a 2nd round pick. Boyette and Young are solid players but they didn’t get the Dream over the hump last season. Star forward Angel McCoughtry is returning to the team after taking last season off to heal some nagging injuries. Barring that news, The Atlanta Dream traded their 2016 first round pick Bria Holmes, who is slated to be out for the season due to pregnancy, to the Connecticut Sun for the 16th overall selection in the WNBA draft.  The following is my pick-by-pick analysis for the Dream’s draft selections:

2nd Round 15th Overall UCLA F Monique Billings 

Monique Billings is the most energetic player on both ends in the entire draft.  Billings led the Pac-12 in rebounds and double-doubles in her final collegiate season. Billings averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the UCLA Bruins. Monique Billings holds the UCLA women’s basketball record for blocks with 228 and is 2nd in all time rebounds Bruin history. With the departure of longtime dream Forward Sancho Lyttle, the Dream sorely needed front court depth and have acquired a player that could anchor the team down low. Billings should start right away and create a fantastic tandem with Center Elizabeth Williams.

2nd Round 16th overall Baylor Guard Kristy Wallace 

Wallace is one of the best point guards in the WNBA draft this year. Wallace led the Lady Bears in assists in her junior and senior seasons. Wallace averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 5 rebounds per game coupled with 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kristy Wallace was also selected for the All Big 12 first team as well as the Big 12 All-Defensive team. The Dream have been needing point guard depth for a while now even before the acquisition of Layshia Clarendon who was an all star reserve last season. With this selection of Kristy Wallace the Dream will now have someone who will set the tone on both ends of the court. Wallace tore her ACL before the end of her senior season but that shouldn’t stop her from being on contributor for the Atlanta Dream.

3rd Round 27th overall Georgia Forward Mackenzie Engram 

Engram was All-SEC for the 2018 season and is the first draft selection from the University of Georgia since 2016. Engram averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while starring for the Lady Bulldogs. She is the sister of Evan Engram who was selected by the New York Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mackenzie will bring tenacity to the Dream’s roster and help make this team be a force down low for years to come grant it that she makes this talented Dream roster.

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