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McCoughtry takes Dream past Sky

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points, Lindsey Harding added 14 and the Atlanta Dream snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.

Sylvia Fowles finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Sky (7-8), who have lost five straight on the road.

Chicago missed 11 of its first 12 shots, but overcame a 15-point first-quarter deficit by going on a 40-17 run that ended with Cathrine Kraayeveld's 3-pointer and a 42-35 Sky lead with 7:56 left in the third.

But Atlanta (4-9) never trailed after Courtney Paris' layup made it 56-54 in the first minute of the fourth.

Armintie Price handed out a career-high 10 assists and scored 13 points for the Dream.

McCoughtry, whose steal and ensuing layup with 6:56 left in the game put Atlanta up 62-56, ended a four-game stretch in which she scored no more than 17 points. She averaged 21.1 last year in helping the Dream win the Eastern Conference, but started the season slowly with an injured knee.

Atlanta had lost four of five and is now 3-5 at home despite playing a ninth straight game without Sancho Lyttle, who didn't dress because of a sore back.

Lyttle averaged 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last year, but she's played in only four games this season after spending a month playing for Spain's national team and returning with an aching back July 3.

There were five lead changes entering the fourth, but the Sky never led after McCoughtry's 15-footer forced a 54-54 tie in the opening seconds of the final period.

The Dream outscored Chicago 42-22 in the paint, thanks in part to Erika de Souza's 12 points. De Souza and Alison Bales each pulled down eight rebounds.

Kraayeveld hit three of five 3-point attempts and finished with 12 points in a reserve role.

Sky forward Michelle Snow had 12 rebounds.