The WNBA season is officially here and I plan on doing my best to cover the Atlanta Dream starting with my assessment of this afternoon’s season opener in Texas against the Dallas Wings.

Good: Angel McCoughtry is back with the Dream and that’s a huge addition to the team, especially with a new head coach in Nicki Collen. Bad: The Dream was outscored 37-15 during the second quarter.

The WNBA season is here and the Dream are 0-1 with a game in Chicago against the Sky coming up on Wednesday afternoon. “I think we played hard despite the score,” said Collen following the Dream’s 101-78 loss. “Collectively we just have to continue to figure each other out.”

Tied at 22 after the first quarter, the game was streamed live via Twitter, yet another sign that the WNBA is considered a major sports fan attraction, the Dream looked like the Dream of old. You know, like the team that made several runs to the league finals the last few years.

The second quarter, however, would come and go with Atlanta only managing 15 points and being more than doubled up by the Wings. Dallas closed the quarter on a 22-4 run, more points than either team scored during the first quarter. It’s needless to say that defense will be something the Dream will be working on at their next practice.

The Good: country (13 points) scored her 5,000th point during the game. An impressive career tally considering the Olympian and multiple-time all-star took a season off last year. Also good: The Dream scored 21 points during the third quarter and allowed as much during both the 3rd and 4th quarters of the game. This is a great sign that under Collen the team can make second-half adjustments under pressure, particularly on the road.

The Bad: Wings 6’8″ center Liz Cambage scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, most of which came during the huge second quarter run. If the Dream can’t stop post scorers it’s going to be a long season.

The Dream will get another shot at picking up their first win of the season on Wednesday (12 noon start time) in Chicago and another look at another big-time post scorer in Elena Delle Donne. Atlanta will return home to McCamish Pavilion for their season opener on Sat., May 26 at 6 p.m. against, you guessed it, Dallas.

Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream opned the 2018 season in Dallas and looked good if you discount the 2nd quarter. Photo credit: Atlanta Business Journal

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