Dream snap four-game slide by beating Sun
ATLANTA — Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points, Erika de Souza had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Atlanta Dream snapped a four-game skid with an 88-57 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.
McCoughtry, the WNBA’s leading scorer, missed only two shots, going 9 for 11 from the field and hitting all 11 of her free throws.
Iziane Castro-Marques finished with a season-high 18 points for the Sun, who have lost four of five and suffered the franchise’s third-worst loss in 11 seasons at Connecticut.
The Sun missed their first 16 shots before Castro-Marques hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-5 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Dream improved to 9-1 at home, but they had dropped eight of nine overall to fall into second place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is 2 games behind Chicago.
In four games against the Sun this season, McCoughtry has a 29.8 scoring average, but her 33 points weren’t enough to prevent an 88-86 loss Thursday at Connecticut.
She has scored at least 30 seven times against the Sun.
Determined not to let Atlanta stumble again, McCoughtry had 14 points in the first quarter, five assists in the third and played just 4 minutes of the fourth.
She had a flurry of three assists in a 1 minute, 13-second span of the third quarter, the best of which was a behind-the-back pass on a fast break that led to Le’coe Willingham’s layup and a 51-24 lead.
Tan White, who hit the winning jumper with five-tenths of a second remaining for Connecticut the night before, finished with 11 points.
Tina Charles, the league’s fourth-leading scorer, finished with nine points on 4-for-13 shooting.
The Sun were outscored by 20 points in the paint and by 15 on fast breaks.