The unsettled Atlanta Dream, with star guard Chennedy Carter suspended by the organization for conduct detrimental to the team, face their third consecutive tough test on the road with a game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday.
The Dream (6-11) are coming off two losses against top two teams in the WNBA standings, the Seattle Storm (15-4) and the Las Vegas Aces (14-5), ahead of their game with the Sun (12-6).
Carter played roughly five and a half minutes of the first half and did not join her team after halftime of the 118-95 loss to the Aces on Sunday.
Carter reportedly was involved in a verbal altercation with teammate Courtney Williams in the first half.
“The decision was made in cooperation with the coaching staff and ownership,” Dream interim coach Mike Petersen said. “She’s working through stuff with ownership to try to get a process where she can return.”
Atlanta reportedly will keep Carter out until after the Olympic break, which goes to Aug. 15.
The Dream were competitive until the reported spat between Carter and Williams, trailing by only 51-48 at halftime against Las Vegas. The Aces’ onslaught of scoring in the second half resulted in their franchise-record 118 points.
The Dream will have nine players on the active roster at Connecticut. Tiffany Hayes, another guard, is out until August with a knee injury.
Atlanta will face a Connecticut team coming off a 73-67 loss last Saturday at the WNBA’s worst team, the Fever, who snapped a 12-game losing streak with the victory.
Jonquel Jones had 16 points and nine rebounds but was just 5-for-17 shooting from the field. Natisha Hiedeman made 4 of 8 from 3-point range, but the rest of the road-weary Sun were 0-for-9.
The Fever game was Connecticut’s fourth game in seven days, the last three of which were on the road. It has enjoyed almost a week off to rest and recuperate.
Brionna Jones, a WNBA All-Star, was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career after averaging 20.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in three games last week.
“She gives us a dominating finisher to play through the paint and she’s proven at this level what she’s done at every level she’s been at,” Sun head coach Curt Miller said.
–Field Level Media
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