Dream in playoff hunt; Pat Summitt to speak

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imageOh, snap. The Atlanta Dream, not so far removed from its dismal inaugural season, now sits in second place in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference thanks to its 13-11 record.

How’s that for a turnaround.

The Dream’s latest conquest came Saturday, when they knocked off Seattle 88-79 in the team’s fourth win in five games. The win put the Dream in sole possession of second place in the East and in the hunt for a playoff spot. Next up is a home game against San Antonio, which the Dream beat earlier this month.

“We were just a little bit tougher than Seattle to start the game but then they came on really strong,” Head Coach Marynell Meadors said in post-game comments. “They went on a bunch of runs and that’s what basketball is. We just happened to have runs at the right time.”

imageOn Sunday, expect a sea of orange to engulf Philips Arena to greet Pat Summitt (photo), the legendary head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. Summitt will address fans before the 3 p.m. tip of the Dream-Los Angeles game, an appearance sure to make the legions of Lady Vols in metro Atlanta squeal with delight.

Four of Summitt’s former players are on the rosters for the game — Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Snow of the Dream and Candace Parker and Shannon Bobbitt of the Sparks. When Parker played in Philips during her rookie season last year, seats were packed with fans from her college career at UT.

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