Friday, June 15, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points and Lindsey Harding added 18 to help the Atlanta Dream cruise to a 92-59 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night, snapping the Sparks' five-game winning streak.
Sancho Lyttle had 13 points and rookie Aneika Henry grabbed nine rebounds for the Dream (4-5). Atlanta had lost three of four coming in, which may have factored in coach Marynell Meadors' decision to bring McCoughtry, the league's second-leading scorer, off the bench.
Nneka Ogwumike, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's WNBA draft, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sparks (7-2), who were off to their best start since 2003 but finished with their biggest defeat since losing by 35 last July 31 at Indiana.
Los Angeles did not have a player in double figures until Ogwumike scored her 11th point midway through the fourth.
Candace Parker, whose 20.1 scoring average ranked fifth before the game started, finished with just nine points on 3 for 8 shooting for the Sparks. Parker, coming off a 33-point, 16-rebound performance in Wednesday's six-point victory at Connecticut, did not play in the fourth quarter against Atlanta.
McCoughtry, who played with her left knee heavily wrapped, did not start for the first time this season, but she hit her first four shots from the field to finish the second quarter with 14 points.
Lyttle's 10-foot runner early in the third put Atlanta ahead by 25, at the time marking the largest deficit of the season for Los Angeles. The Sparks' biggest deficit in the game was 39 in the fourth following a layup by McCoughtry.
The Dream, who have won six straight in the series, began the game ranked 10th in field-goal percentage, but finished with a season-best 54.5 percent.