ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Dream announced Wednesday that it completed its training camp roster by signing former San Diego State guard Courtney Clements to a training camp contract. Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed. The Dream's 2013 training camp is slated to begin on Sunday, May 5.
Clements earned honorable mention All-America distinction and first-team all-Mountain West honors each of the past two seasons. The six-foot guard completed her collegiate career with 1,495 points, which ranks fifth on the Aztecs' all-time charts.
Clements, the 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year, averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game last season, which ranked second in the conference, and posted double-digit scoring totals in 32 of 34 games, surpassing the 20-point barrier on 14 occasions. She also ended the year ranked second in the Mountain West in 3-point field goals made (2.3/gm), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (37.9) and ninth in steals (1.6/gm).
Clements will join the rest of the Dream training camp roster to compete for one of 11 roster spots. Final rosters must be set by May 23. The Dream's training camp will include a pair of exhibition contests, including a May 9 game at Tulsa and a May 13 game against the Brazilian National Team at Philips Arena. Regular season action tips off on May 25 when Atlanta hosts the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m.
The Dream returns four starters from last year's team that reached the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The team is led by All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry, who won the league's scoring title and an Olympic gold medal as part of Team USA in 2012. She is joined in the backcourt by returner Armintie Herrington, while center Erika de Souza and forward Sancho Lyttle return for their sixth and fifth seasons, respectively, on the Dream roster.
New additions to the roster include guard Jasmine Thomas, who was acquired via a trade with Washington, free agent Le'Coe Willingham, a veteran forward with two WNBA titles on her resume, and Alex Bentley from Penn State, who was the Dream's first selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Other hopefuls include former Georgia guard/forward Anne Marie Armstrong, a native of Norcross, Ga., and former Auburn guard/forward Blanche Alverson, who graduated from Buford (Ga.) High School.
The opening practice on May 5, like most practices during training camp, will be held at Philips Arena from 2-5 p.m. All practices are closed to the public and open to the media for the last hour of each day. Media interested in attending should contact the Atlanta Dream's media relations department, as practice times and locations are subject to change.
The two-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream will tip off its sixth season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) on May 25 at Philips Arena against the Tulsa Shock. The Dream qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including back-to-back Eastern Conference titles in 2010 and 2011. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2013 season are now available and can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or by visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The complete 2013 Dream schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.
ATLANTA DREAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Please note that due to overseas commitments, some players will report to training camp late.
# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date Exp College/International
24 Blanche Alverson G/F 6-3 170 01/28/91 R Auburn
3 Anne Marie Armstrong G/F 6-3 150 01/24/91 R Georgia
2 Alex Bentley G 5-7 173 10/27/90 R Penn State
4 Sydney Carter G 5-6 135 11/18/90 1 Texas A&M
54 Courtney Clements G 6-0 155 11/12/89 R San Diego State
14 Erika de Souza F/C 6-5 190 03/09/82 7 Brazil
15 Tiffany Hayes G 5-10 155 09/20/89 1 Connecticut
13 Aneika Henry F/C 6-4 205 02/13/86 1 Florida
22 Armintie Herrington G/F 5-9 133 04/03/85 6 Mississippi
33 Cathrine Kraayeveld F 6-3 183 09/30/81 8 Oregon
11 Yelena Leuchanka C 6-5 195 04/30/83 4 West Virginia
20 Sancho Lyttle F 6-4 175 09/20/83 8 Houston
35 Angel McCoughtry G/F 6-1 160 09/10/86 4 Louisville
8 Ketia Swanier G 5-7 150 08/10/86 5 Connecticut
5 Jasmine Thomas G 5-9 145 09/30/89 2 Duke
43 Le'Coe Willingham F 6-0 200 02/10/81 9 Auburn
Head Coach & General Manager Fred Williams (Boise State University)
Assistant Coach: Joe Ciampi (Mansfield University)
Assistant Coach: Julie Plank (Ohio State University)
Athletic Trainer/Dir. of Basketball Operations: Kim Moseley (Southern Mississippi)
Assistant Basketball Operations: Camensky Bryson (University of Memphis)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (MAY 5-12)
DATE TIME LOCATION
Sunday, May 5 2 - 5 p.m. Philips Arena
Monday, May 6 2 - 5 p.m. Philips Arena
Tuesday, May 7 2 - 5 p.m. Philips Arena
Wednesday, May 8 9 - 11 a.m. Philips Arena
Thursday, May 9 11:30 a.m. at Tulsa Shock BOK Center - PRESEASON GAME
Friday, May 10 OFF OFF
Saturday, May 11 2 - 5 p.m. Philips Arena
Sunday, May 12 2 - 5 p.m. Philips Arena