“She puts pressure on the defense, she puts foul pressure on the defense, she gets people more open,” said Collen when discussing Hayes’ impact for the team. “She certainly is an energy player. It’s not an excuse -- we have enough good players. But playing a half without your best player doesn’t help.”
In the first half, things were different. Atlanta forced 14 turnovers, resulting in nine points. It also shot the ball 50% from the field, and 78% from the foul line. The Dream tried to rally in the fourth, bringing the margin to as close as six points. But it couldn’t get over the hump.
“You can’t win in this league if you’re shooting 35%,” Collen said. “You have to score against Chicago, they’re a really good offensive team. You put so much pressure on your defense to be perfect when you’re not hitting open shots.”
Atlanta hosts the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday.