Posted: Tuesday, June 26th 2012 at 2:57pm
McCoughtry leads Dream to 70-58 win over Indiana
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, Sancho Lyttle added 17 and the Atlanta Dream won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 70-58 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday.
Tamika Catchings missed her first six shots from the field and finished with a season-low eight points for the Fever. Indiana did not have anyone score in double figures. Katie Douglas and Jessica Davenport each also finished with eight points.
McCoughtry, the WNBA's scoring leader, went without a point in the first quarter, but got hot and scored 18 over a stretch during the second and third quarters.
The Fever took their biggest lead at eight in the final minute of the first quarter, but their offense all but disappeared going 1-for-15 from the field in the second.
Cathrine Kraayeveld's lane runner ended a 19-1 Atlanta run at the 4:37 mark of the second that put the Dream up 29-19.
Indiana, which won the first two series matchups with Atlanta this year, dropped to 0-4 when trailing at halftime.
Dream guard Lindsey Harding finished with six points and did not start for the second straight game as Keita Swanier took her place in the lineup.
Catchings, the 2011 league MVP, dropped to 2-for-9 from the field when she missed an 18-footer late in the third.
Lyttle followed on the next possession with a long jumper that gave the Dream a 55-40 lead.
Indiana coach Lin Dunn, whose team lost the Eastern Conference finals to Atlanta last year, held her starters out for most of the fourth quarter.
The Fever (7-5) had won two straight and three of four. They were out-rebounded 41-29.
Atlanta (6-7) plays its next seven games on the road and with the Olympic break coming next month, the Dream's next home game is Aug. 22 against Chicago.
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