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Sancho Lyttle comes up big for Dream

Sancho Lyttle is quiet, soft-spoken and sometimes the forgotten star of the Atlanta Dream. But, like always, she came up huge for them on in a game against the Seattle Storm.

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Atlanta, GA -- Retired football coach Bobby Bowden once said, "I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty."

That pretty much summed up the win by the Atlanta Dream, who beat the Seattle Storm 72-64.  It was not the prettiest win, but thankfully a win is a win.

The Seattle Storm was not ready, and they came out more like a light shower that turned into a drizzle.

From the start of the game, the Atlanta Dream controlled the tempo; they came out fast and on the attack which was a good sign after having some days off.

The first half ended with the Dream up by four points.

The second half started with Angel McCoughtry hitting a big three-point shot, but the real winner of the game was Sancho Lyttle.

Lyttle had 15 rebounds, and she took defense to a whole new level.  She could not be stopped it was her ball she double dared someone to say otherwise.

When I asked Coach Michael Cooper about Sancho's performance, he came alive and said - "Sancho should be defensive player of the year. I think if she continues this stride that she's going at the end of the year she has to be highly favored as the defense player of the year."

This came as a pleasant surprise to Sancho when I told her what Coach Cooper said about her being defensive player of the year at the rate she is going.  Her smile said it all, and she humbly said about her game today -

"I'm just doing what I love to do, and we needed that win."

Yes, the Atlanta Dream needed that win and it might not have been the prettiest, but a win is a win.