Update | 10:05 p.m. Unfortunately, now a nationally TV audience knows what local fans figured out a couple of weeks ago: The Atlanta Dream isn’t good.

The Dream dropped to 0-16 last night, with a loss in the first of a three-game home stand. The 97-79 loss to the Phoenix Mercury came on ESPN2, the Dream’s first home game in front of a national audience.

“It’s tough losing, but we will continue to work, forget about this game, and continue to stick together as a team,” says Marynell Meadors, the Dream coach and general manager.

The upside is that efforts to fill Philips Arena for the game – including $4 tickets, a rally towel giveaway and a sign campaign by fans – boosted attendance to 9,795, one of the highest of the season for the Dream. That comes as they are winless and expanding the WNBA’s winless record to start a season to new heights.

They’ve got another chance on Friday against Chicago, a team the Dream has lost to twice this season.

Update | Hat tip to Jill for pointing out that I can't read a schedule. The Dream play Houston on Thursday and Chicago on Saturday. How embarrassing.