Dream-Sun preview

BY foxsports • July 9, 2016

The Atlanta Dream will try to keep pace with the surging New York Liberty when the Dream visit the Connecticut Sun on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Atlanta (10-9) has won its last two games after losing six in a row. The Dream are second in the WNBA's Eastern Conference, 3 1/2 games behind the Liberty.

Connecticut (5-13) has won its last two games after losing six of seven. The Sun are last in the Eastern Conference, eight games behind New York.

Atlanta is coming off a 95-90 overtime victory over the Dallas Wings. Angel McCoughtry turned in one of the finest performances of her career. She scored seven points in overtime and posted the sixth triple-double in WNBA history, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Tiffany Hayes also scored 27 points in the win over Dallas. Sancho Lyttle had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams had 10 points and six blocked shots.

Connecticut is coming off its most impressive win of the season, a 93-89 overtime victory over the Minnesota Lynx. The Sun ended regulation with a 13-2 run and prevailed in overtime, overcoming a 40-point game by Minnesota star Maya Moore.

Alex Bentley scored 24 points for Connecticut. Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and seven rebounds.

McCoughtry is fourth in the WNBA in scoring at 19.5 points per game. Hayes is 12th, averaging 16 points per contest. Bentley leads Connecticut and ranks 16th in the league in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game.

Connecticut announced on Friday that rookie Rachel Banham has undergone season-ending micro-fracture surgery on her right knee. Recovery is expected to take four to six months.

"While we are obviously disappointed to lose Rachel for the remainder of the season, we remain tremendously excited about her bright future with the Sun," head coach Curt Miller said. "Rachel showed the potential to be an impact player in this league despite playing through significant pain for the majority of the season."

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