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The Atlanta Dream had no answer for San Antonio rookie Danielle Adams when the teams met earlier this month. They also may want to pay attention to Jia Perkins in the rematch.

The Silver Stars open a three-game road trip Sunday as they look to sweep the season series with the Dream.

San Antonio (5-1), which has the best record in the WNBA, rallied to defeat Atlanta (2-6) 86-74 on June 11. Behind a franchise rookie-record 32 points from Adams, the Silver Stars came from 10 down in the third quarter.

Adams leads all rookies with 15.3 points per game, although she was held to six in a 90-80 overtime victory over Los Angeles on Friday.

While Adams wasn't at her best, Perkins was, scoring 31 points, including 15 in the second quarter.

"I just came into the game with the mindset that I was going to attack," Perkins said. "I just wanted to get my shot off or find teammates. Whatever it was, I just wanted to be aggressive. Early on, the shots started falling so it makes it more comfortable for you to keep shooting."

She added that an improved defensive effort was a big factor. After giving up their most points of the season in a 105-98 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, the Silver Stars were much better on defense Friday, holding the Sparks to 39.7 percent shooting and keeping them from scoring during the final 1:46 of regulation.

"Our defensive stops lead to easy baskets for us in transition," Perkins said. "It was an all-around good game for us defensively."

The Dream, meanwhile, continue a five-game homestand after losing two of the first three games. They have lost three of four overall and are coming off a 92-83 loss to Phoenix on Friday.

Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points but shot 7 of 21. She's battling a knee injury, and Atlanta is trying to monitor her minutes more. However, with Sancho Lyttle playing for Spain's national team, the Dream don't have much of a choice but to keep McCoughtry on the floor as much as possible.

McCoughtry, averaging 16.3 points, played a season-high 33 minutes Friday.

"Angel started to play how Angel typically plays, and that is what we want her to do," coach Marynell Meadors said. "We have to get her minutes back down to 28-29, and other players need to step up."

One player who hasn't stepped up is Iziane Castro-Marques, who finished with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and missed five of her six 3-point tries.

Castro-Marques is averaging 10.6 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Last year, she averaged a career-high 16.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting.

She finished with five points while missing all six 3-point attempts against San Antonio two weeks ago.

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