WNBA roundup

Dream 81 Mystics 69

Armintie Price paced five double-figure scorers with 19 points and the Atlanta Dream won their second straight game without Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry, 81-69 over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Tiffany Hayes and Lindsey Harding each scored 16 points for the Dream (12-11), who climbed above .500 for the first time this season. Atlanta established an early double-digit lead by repeatedly forcing turnovers in the first quarter and shooting 56.8 percent from the field before halftime.

McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, sat out for personal reasons, according to Dream coach and general manager Marynell Meadors.

Matee Ajavon scored 20 points and Crystal Langhorne had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mystics (5-18). Washington has lost four of five since returning from the Olympic break, including two straight.

Second in the league in turnovers entering the game, the Mystics, committed 18 - nine in the first quarter - which led to 25 Atlanta points.

Sancho Lyttle scored 14 points and Catherine Kraayeveld added 10 for the Dream. Atlanta led by 13 points after the first quarter and held its largest lead at 68-40 with 1:40 left in the third quarter on Kraayeveld's 3-pointer.

Led by Ajavon, who scored 16 points in the second half, Washington outscored Atlanta 25-13 in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 77-69 inside the final minute but would get no closer.

Atlanta claimed consecutive victories for the first time since taking three straight from June 24-29 and established a winning record for the first time in seven attempts this season.

The Dream took control in the early minutes, closing the first quarter on a 13-2 run for a 25-12 lead. Both teams shot at least 55 percent from the field, but the Dream had 20 shot attempts compared to the Mystics' seven - or two less than Washington's turnovers in the quarter.

Shock 81, Sky 78

Riquina Williams scored eight of her 22 points in the final 3:17 of regulation to help the Tulsa Shock overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter en route to an 81-78 overtime victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night.

Williams' long jumper with 46.4 left in overtime sealed the game for the Shock (4-18). Tulsa ended a five-game losing streak with its first victory since July 8.

Roneeka Hodges made two free throws with 9.3 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. She added a 3-pointer in overtime and finished with a season-high 22 points.

Jennifer Lacy added 15 points for the Shock, and rookie Glory Johnson finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Courtney Vandersloot led Chicago (8-14) with 23 points. Shay Murphy added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Swin Cash and Epiphanny Prince finished with 11 apiece.


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