Dream steals one from Sparks

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The Atlanta Dream, mired in a tough first season in the WNA, snuck one past the playoff-bound Los Angeles Sparks Thursday night and beat them (and Candace Parker) by 11 points, 83-72.

“I feel pretty awesome about this game,” says Marynell Meadors, the Dream head coach and general manager. “I thought our players scrapped hard and played good defense. They made big shots down the line and went on a great run at the end of the game.”

Meadors was pleased with how the team, which notched just its fourth win this season, faced the pressure in Los Angeles.

“I think our ability to handle the basketball in pressure situations was great,” she says. “L.A. by far has the best talent in the Western Conference; they are big, they have depth and they play really hard. I think our team controlled the tempo in the last part of the third and fourth quarter.”

The Dream closes out its inaugural season tonight in Seattle.

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