In the Dream’s last meeting with the Lynx, the Dream finished with a season-low 26 rebounds. But Friday night, they out-rebounded the Lynx 45-39.
“We’re starting to feel like us,” Montgomery said she told her teammates after the game. “As a player and as a team, you can feel when everyone’s on the same page and connected. We feel it.”
She said the Dream’s strength is not in their offensive prowess, but in their ability to create momentum out of their defense.
The Dream ran away with the lead in the first quarter, extending their advantage to as much as 11 points.
The Dream didn’t let the Lynx get within six points through much of the first and second quarters. In the final 30 seconds of the half, Minnesota managed to get within five to finish the half down 37-32.
Williams continued her domination in the second quarter and finished the half with 13 points on 71.4 percent shooting.
“The centers that I play they know that I’m going to battle,” Williams said. “Being a smaller center, I can get away with a lot more and using my body. And I’ll still block your shot. I don’t care how big you are.”
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Montgomery early in the second half put the Dream up nine points, but an 8-0 run from the Lynx sent the Dream scrambling. The Dream refused to hand over the lead though, finishing the third quarter ahead 47-44.
The Lynx outscored the Dream in both the second and third quarters, but were unable to surmount the Dream’s initial lead.
Alex Bentley scored six points in the fourth quarter as the Dream outscored the Lynx 13-9.
The Dream (5-10) never trailed in the game.
“If you can’t appreciate a grind-it-out (game), we’re probably not the team for you,” Collen said. “We’ve got to do that sometimes and I’m comfortable coaching in that game, and these guys know how to win in that game.”
The Dream hosts the Los Angeles Sparks at 3 p.m. Sunday at State Farm Arena.