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DeSouza leads Dream over Mystics 82-59

ATLANTA -- Erika DeSouza had 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Atlanta Dream dominated the second half and defeated the Washington Mystics 82-59 on Thursday night to give coach Fred Williams his first victory.

Lindsay Hardin added 16 points and Tiffany Hayes scored 15 for the Dream (13-13), who were again without WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry. Atlanta outscored the Mystics 51-28 after trailing 33-31 at halftime.

Monique Currie had 14 points and Crystal Langhorne scored 13 for Washington (5-20). They Mystics are 1-6 since the Olympic break

McCoughtry was suspended indefinitely for violating an unspecified team rule after Williams took over as general manager and coach from Marynell Meadors before Tuesday's home loss to Tulsa.

Atlanta scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to go up 67-48. The Dream made their first six shots of the second half and outscored Washington 26-15 in the third quarter to take a 57-48 lead. Harding had 10 points as Atlanta finished the quarter on a 10-4 run.

Washington led 33-31 at halftime after ending the quarter on a 14-6 run. Longhorne and Currie both had 10 first-half points for the Mystics, while DeSouza scored nine for the Dream.

The Dream couldn't hold a 17-point second-quarter lead and lost to Tulsa 84-80 in Williams' debut on Tuesday. It was the Shock's first road victory of the season.

Atlanta led by as many as 28 points in defeating the Mystics 81-69 in Washington last Friday without McCoughtry as Armintie Price led five double-figure scorers with 19 points.