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Atlanta Dream open history with loss
Connecticut Sun’s Tamika Whitmore, center, is guarded by Atlanta Dream’s Katie Feenstra, left, and Camille Little, right, in the second half on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn. - photo by The Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tamika Whitmore had 22 points and 10 rebounds Saturday and the Connecticut Sun defeated the Atlanta Dream 100-67 in the season-opener for the two teams.

Connecticut (1-0) scored 100 points in regulation for the second time in franchise history.

Asjha Jones had 18 points for the Sun, while Barbara Turner had 15 points and Lindsay Whalen scored 13.
Betty Lennox led Atlanta with 14 points and Katie Feenstra added 10.

The Sun had a 17-point lead at halftime and didn’t let the Dream (0-1) get closer than 14 points in the second half.

Atlanta led 15-8 in the first half and later 17-12 before Connecticut used a 26-6 run to take over.

Turner scored 11 of her points in the final seven minutes of the first period, including back-to-back 3-point field goals that gave the Sun their first lead at 18-17.

Whalen scored at the first-half horn to give the Sun a 51-34 halftime lead.

The Sun added nine new players in the offseason, following their first-round playoff exit last season.
It was the first game in the history of the expansion Atlanta franchise.

And it was the first game in a Connecticut uniform for Whitmore, who was traded to Connecticut from Indiana in the offseason for all-star Katie Douglas.

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