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April 18, 2010

Holdsclaw to lead Atlanta Dream into exhibition game in Eblen Center

Tickets are on sale for May 9 WNBA exhibition contest: Dream vs. Mystics

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Former University of Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw will lead the Atlanta Dream next month back to the state where she gained the national spotlight.

The Lady Vol All-American will headline the Dream when the play the Washington Mystics at Tennessee Tech’s Eblen Center on Sunday, May 9, in a WNBA exhibition game. Tipoff for the game is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each with several discount options also available including a Mother’s Day Family Plan of four tickets for $30. Groups and athletic teams can receive tickets for $5 each when purchased as a group.

Tickets are available at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.

Holdsclaw has averaged 17.3 points and nearly eight rebounds per game during her 10-year career in the WNBA. She has played in four WNBA All-Star contests and helped her team to the playoffs five times.

She finished her career as Tennessee’s all-time leading scorer and rebound (male and female) with 3,025 points and 1,295 rebounds, and is also the all-time scoring and rebound leader in NCAA women’s tournament history while helping the Lady Vols to three consecutive NCAA Championships.

Twice named the Naismith Trophy winner as the national Player of the Year, Holdsclaw was a four-time Kodak and Associated Press first-team All-America. Four years ago she was named to the women’s collegiate basketball Silver Anniversary Team as one of the 25 greatest players over the past 25 years.

While Holdsclaw will be making her first appearance in Eblen Center, Dream head coach Marynell Meadors and a handful of her players are familiar with the home of Tennessee Tech basketball.

Meadors established the women’s basketball program at Tech in 1970 and served as the team’s head coach for 16 seasons, becoming the first Division I women’s coach to win 300 games at one institution. She is a member of the TTU Sports Hall of Fame.

Dream forward Angel McCoughtry played in Eblen Center during her decorated career at Louisville. In addition, newly acquired twins Coco and Kelly Miller played at Tech while they were stars at the University of Georgia.