With a 105-93 win in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Atlanta Dream won the East and advanced to a WNBA Finals matchup against the Storm. Just like Seattle, Atlanta will enter the WNBA Finals undefeated in the playoffs. The No. 4 seed in the competitive Eastern Conference, the Dream earned Game 1 wins on the road against No. 1 seed Washington and No. 2 seed New York before returning home to finish the series off.
Atlanta has become the fastest expansion team ever to reach the WNBA Finals, doing so in just its third season of existence. The Storm was previously the fastest, reaching the WNBA Finals (and winning) in year five. The Dream turned things quickly after winning just four games in its inaugural season and reached the playoffs in 2009 before breaking through this postseason.
Second-year forward Angel McCoughtry leads Atlanta. McCoughtry finished sixth in MVP voting and has been outstanding in the playoffs, including a career-high 42 points earlier tonight to outduel Cappie Pondexter, who scored 36 in a losing effort. Former Storm guard Iziane Castro Marques has emerged as a key player for the Dream. She was voted to the team of WNBA stars that played in The Stars at the Sun this season and averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game.
Game 1 of the WNBA Finals will be played Sunday at 12 noon at KeyArena. Get your tickets now!