Former WVU women’s basketball player Bria Holmes got the Atlanta Dream back on track in Tuesday night’s overtime victory.
After struggling in Atlanta’s last three games (and averaging only 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 20 minutes per game), Bria Holmes scored 15 points in 36 minutes against the Seattle Storm.
Her six made free throws in the overtime period proved to be important, but it was an offensive rebound late that sealed things.
With 6 seconds on the clock and an 86-84 lead, Matee Ajavon missed a shot off the left side of the rim. The former Mountaineer was in the right place at the right time, grabbing the miss and getting fouled before falling out of bounds. She wound up missing one, but still pushed the lead to three; it was her only miss from the charity stripe of the game.
Along with her 15 points, Holmes tallied 7 rebounds (3 offensive) and 3 assists.
Holmes’ split stats this season are necessary to consider when the Dream create a game plan, though.
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In their five wins, the second-year player from WVU is averaging 13.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting in 34.6 minutes. In losses however, Holmes scores only 9.2 points on 31.7 percent from the field. Her minutes are reduced in losses too, averaging only 25.0 per.
Her assist numbers in wins are double what she produces in losses, 2.4 compared to 1.2, respectively. Her 1.22 steals per game rank 17th in the WNBA.
The Atlanta Dream are slated to play the Indiana Fever on Thursday, 7 p.m. at BAnkerslife Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Both the Dream and fever are 3-2 in their last five games.