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Atlanta Dream sign former Lady Vol Shekinna Stricklen

Shekinna Stricklen averaged 8.8 points for the Connecticut Sun during the 2019 playoffs.
Shekinna Stricklen averaged 8.8 points for the Connecticut Sun during the 2019 playoffs.

Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu

Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu

Atlanta has signed Shekinna Stricklen to a two-year, full protection contract.

Stricklen, an unrestricted free agent, finished her contract with the Connecticut Sun in the 2019 season.

She won the 2019 WNBA three-point contest, so the signing aligns with the Dream's mission to sign shooters during free agency.

“When we ended last season we knew we had to prioritize shooting during this free agency period,” said head coach Nicki Collen. “What we are getting in Shekinna Stricklen is an incredible shooter with size that can make shots on the move or standstill, and also has a great understanding of how to get herself open shots.”

Stricklen was a crucial piece to the Sun’s WNBA Finals run in 2019, averaging 8.8 points during the 2019 playoffs.

This is the Dream's first free agency acquisition of a guard. Other free agency moves include the signing of fellow former Tennessee Lady Vol, forward Glory Johnson, and the trade for 2019 NCAA champion, center Kalani Brown.

Collen previously coached Stricklen while an assistant with the Connecticut Sun.

Atlanta now has one more full protection contract to offer.

Stay tuned for more Dream updates throughout the WNBA’s free-agency period.