Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Photo by Christine Troyke
ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points and newcomer Courtney Paris had nine points and eight rebounds to lead Atlanta past Chicago 71-68 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Dream (2-5) played their third game without second-leading scorer and rebounder Sancho Lyttle, who is competing for Spain in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Paris was signed Saturday to fill the void and came off the bench to help Atlanta build a 43-31 halftime lead.
The Dream kept Chicago's Sylvia Fowles, the league's second-leading scorer, in check for three quarters. Fowles finished with her average of 21 points, giving the Sky (3-3) a 55-53 lead with 7:29 left on a three-point play.
The lead changed hands a few times before Erika de Souza's turnaround jumper gave the Dream the lead for good, 67-66, with 1:32 remaining.
Tamera Young scored a season-high 14 points off the bench for Chicago. Atlanta's de Souza scored 12 in just 19 foul-plagued minutes, and Lindsey Harding added 11.
With her late push, Fowles set a franchise record by scoring 20 or more points in her fifth consecutive game. Candace Dupree did that four straight times in 2007.