2022 Roster and Bios

Monique Billings

F | 6-4 | 192 | May 2, 1996 | 4 yrs | UCLA

Career Transactions: Selected by the Atlanta Dream in the second round (15th overall) of the 2018 WNBA Draft. Signed a contract with the Dream on February 3, 2022.

2021 Highlights with Atlanta:

  • Started in 9 of 31 games played.
  • Played a career-high 739 total minutes (23.8 per game, second-most in her career).
  • Her 88 total offensive rebounds and 2.8 per game both ranked third among all players in the league this season.
  • First season with 100 made field goals, second with 200+ total rebounds.
  • Career-best 32 total assists, 37 steals and 32 blocks … Career-high 1.2 steals per game and 1.0 blocks per game.
  • One of just seven players in the league to average at least 1.1 steals per game and 1.0 blocks per game (joined by teammate Elizabeth Williams).
  • Started off the 2021 season setting a new career-high record with four blocks against Connecticut (5/14) and tying her career high record of 3 steals. She also went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to lead both teams in free throws.
  • Her four blocks opening night was tied for the most of any player across the league in opening weekend.
  • Became the fourth different Dream player to record 4+ steals in a single quarter and the second this season (recorded all 4 of her steals against New York, 6/26, in the first quarter).
  • Recorded four double-doubles in 2021, three of which came in the Dream’s three games against Dallas: 10 PTS/11 REB vs. Dallas (5/27), 15 PTS/11 REB at Dallas (9/2), 12 PTS/14 REB at Dallas (9/5), 14 PTS/10 REB at Washington (9/10).
  • Made her way into the starting lineup in the latter part of the season, starting against Chicago (8/24), scoring in double-digits in 7 of those 9 games and recording three of her four double-doubles. In those 9 games she averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
  • Milestones:
    • Played her 100th career game at Connecticut (7/9).
    • Reached 500 career rebounds with a team-leading 7 against Chicago (5/25).

Nia Coffey

F | 6-1 | 182 | May 2, 1995 | 5 yrs | Northwestern

Career Transactions: Drafted by the San Antonio Stars (now Las Vegas Aces) with the No. 5 overall pick (first round) in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Traded to the Atlanta Dream in a multi-team trade that sent Atlanta’s 2020 No. 13 pick to New York and Sugar Rodgers to Las Vegas. Traded to the Phoenix Mercury in a multi-team trade that sent Courtney Williams and Phoenix’s 2020 No. 17 pick to Atlanta, and Briann January and Phoenix’s 2021 No. 20 pick to Connecticut. Accepted restricted qualifying offer with Phoenix on January 23, 2021. Waived by the Mercury on February 10, 2021. Signed a contract with the Los Angeles Sparks on March 4, 2021. Signed a contract with the Atlanta Dream on February 1, 2022.

2021 Highlights with Los Angeles:

  • Appeared in all 32 games with 17 starts for the Sparks
  • Averaged a career-high 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game
  • Averaged a career-high 41.7% on 3-pointers in 2021
  • Recorded a career-high six blocks against Dallas on June 21, 2021
  • Scored in double-figures 13 times
  • Recorded career highs in minutes played (33) and 3-point field goals attempted (8)

Tiffany Hayes

G | 5-10 | 155 | Sept. 20, 1989 | 9 yrs | UConn

Career Transactions: Selected 14th overall (second round) by the Atlanta Dream in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Signed a contract with the Atlanta Dream on February 3, 2016. Signed a multi-year extension with Atlanta on August 9, 2018. Opted out of the 2020 WNBA season (personal). Signed a contract with Atlanta on February 1, 2022.

2021 Highlights with Atlanta:

  • Started in 19 of 21 games played.
  • Career-best season saw her average 14.7 points, 1.6 steals and 3.0 assists per game.
  • Her 1.6 steals per game led the team and ranked 6th among all players in the league this season.
  • Only player in the WNBA in 2021 to average at least 14 points per game (14.67), 1.5 steals per game (1.57) and 3 assists per game (3.0).
  • Hayes shot 40.5% from the three-point line in 2021, making her one of five players in the league in 2021 to shoot at least 40% from beyond the arc while averaging at least 4 attempted three-pointers per game.
  • One of only seven players in the league with at least 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a game in 2021, joined by her teammate Courtney Williams (recorded 31/6/3 against Indiana on 9/14).
    • She became the first Dream player since Renee Montgomery in 2018 to record 5+ steals in a game, recording five at Washington (6/17).She was one of only two Dream players in 2021 to record five or more steals in a game (Cheyenne Parker).
  • One of four Dream players in 2021 with 4+ steals in multiple games (Bradford, McDonald, Sims), recording two (5 at Washington on 6/17 and 4 at Washington again on 9/10).
  • Her season-high 31 points against Indiana (9/14) brought her to three career 30-point games; her eight 20+ point games in 2021 brought her to 53 career 20-point outings.
  • Returned for her first WNBA game since 2019, picking up 3 steals, 2 assists and 5 points against Chicago (5/19).
  • Back-to-back 26-point outings at Chicago (5/25) and against Dallas (5/27).
  • Reached 300 career made three-pointers at Washington (9/10).
  • Missed nine games in the middle of the season after tearing her right ACL at Washington (6/17).

Aari McDonald

G | 5-6 | August 20, 1998 | 1 yr | Arizona

Pronunciation: AIR-ee

Career Transactions: Selected 3rd overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

2021 Highlights with Atlanta:

  • Played in 30 games with four starts.
  • WNBA and AP All-Rookie Team honoree.
  • Led all first-year players in the league in 2021 with 59 assists and 25 steals, ranked second with 189 total points, 32 three-pointers made and 104 three-pointers attempted.
  • Set the Atlanta Dream record with 31 consecutive made free throws, a streak that started on May 25 (at Chicago) and ended on August 25 at Phoenix.
  • One of four Dream players in 2021 with 4+ steals in multiple games (Bradford, Hayes, Sims), recording four at Phoenix on 8/15 and again against Indiana on 9/14.
  • Back-to-back 15-point games at Minnesota on 6/4 and 6/6; she took a season-high 12 shots in the first game and made a season-high 4 three-pointers; went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the second game.
  • Recorded a season-high 4 steals and tied her season records with 4 rebounds and 5 assists against Phoenix (8/15), her first return to Arizona since leading the U of A Wildcats to the NCAA Finals in 2021.
  • Made her way into the starting lineup at Washington (9/10), where she played a season-most 33 minutes and set her season-high record with 5 rebounds.

Cheyenne Parker

F | 6-4 | 193 | August 22, 1992 | 7 yrs | Middle Tennessee

Career Transactions: Selected 5th overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2015 WNBA Draft. Signed a multi-year deal with Chicago on February 1, 2019. Signed a multi-year deal with the Atlanta Dream on February 1, 2021.

2021 Highlights with Atlanta:

  • Started in 11 of 13 games played.
  • Recorded eight double-figure scoring games, highlighted by an 18-point performance at Las Vegas (7/4), where she also tied her season-high record of 7 rebounds.
  • Recorded a career-high five steals against Minnesota (6/23), becoming the second Dream player in 2021 to record at least five in a game (Tiffany Hayes). In that same game against the Lynx, she dished out a season-best 5 assists and pulled down 7 total rebounds for the first time this season. 
  • Tied her career-high record of three made field goals, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc at Las Vegas (7/4).
  • Reached 100 career steals with her first of 5 steals against Minnesota (6/23).
  • Missed the first six games of the season due to WNBA Health and Safety Protocols, then missed three games after the Olympic Break in August due to pregnancy. Her status was then changed to inactive for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Kia Vaughn

C | 6-4 | 205 | January 24, 1987 | 12 yrs | Rutgers

Career Transactions: Selected 8th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2009 WNBA Draft. Traded to the Washington Mystics along with the 2013 No. 17 pick in exchange for the 2013 No. 7 pick on February 27, 2013. Signed an extension with Washington on March 13, 2015. Traded to New York in a multi-team trade that also sent Bria Hartley to New York, Carolyn Swords and Washington’s 2017 No. 15 pick to Seattle, and Seattle’s 2017 No. 6 pick and 2017 No. 18 picks to Washington on January 30, 2017. Signed a contract with the New York Liberty on February 9, 2018. Signed a contract with the Phoenix Mercury on February 24, 2020. Signed a contract with Phoenix on February 5, 2021. Traded to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for a 2023 third round pick.

2021 Highlights with Phoenix:

  • Played in 28 games with two starts in the regular season, and played in 11 postseason games.
  • Scored a season-high 10 points on September 19 against Las Vegas.
  • Recorded 9 points in back-to-back games on 8/25 and 8/27…nearly posted a double-double in the team’s win on August 27 at New York, while starting in that game…finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
  • Made her 2021 WNBA debut on May 26 against Las Vegas, finishing with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench.

Kristy Wallace

G | 5-11 | January 3, 1996 | R | Baylor

Career Transactions: Drafted with the No. 16 overall pick (second round) by the Atlanta Dream in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Signed a contract with Atlanta on February 21, 2022.

2021-22 Highlights with the Southside Flyers

  • Recorded back-to-back 10-point games on Dec. 11 and 18, both against the Melbourne Boomers.
  • Pulled down a season-best six rebounds in a win over Townsville Fire (Monique Billings) (12/23).
  • Scored a season-high 16 points and 3 steals against the Perth Lynx (1/12).

Erica Wheeler

G | 5-7 | 143 | May 2, 1991 | 6 yrs | Rutgers

Career Transactions: Signed a training camp contract with the Atlanta Dream on May 25, 2015. Waived by Atlanta on July 27, 2015. Signed with the New York Liberty on September 8, 2015. Signed a contract with the Indiana Fever on February 18, 2016. Signed a contract with the Indiana Fever on February 1, 2017. Signed a contract with the Indiana Fever on February 5, 2018. Signed a contract with the Indiana Fever on February 1, 2019. Signed a multi-year deal with the Los Angeles Sparks on February 2, 2021. Traded to the Atlanta Dream along with the 2022 No. 15 pick and a 2023 first round pick in exchange for Chennedy Carter and the rights to Li Yueru.

2021 Highlights with Los Angeles:

  • Started in all 32 games this season 
  • Averaged 13.6 points and 4.8 assists per game and shot 36% on 3-pointers
  • Finished fifth in the WNBA in clutch points
  • Scored in double-figures 23 times and reached the 20 point mark five times