Posted: Saturday, August 18th 2012 at 12:30am
McCoughtry scores 25 to lead Dream past Sky
By The Associated Press
ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS -- Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 86-76 win over the Chicago Sky on Friday night in the teams' return from the Olympic break.
Erika DeSouza had 19 points for Atlanta (10-10) in her season debut after sitting out to play for Brazil's national team. Lindsey Harding added 15 points and Sancho Lyttle 14.
Epiphanny Prince scored 16 points in her return to Chicago's lineup after being sidelined since mid-June with a foot injury. Sylvia Fowles had 13 points while Le'Coe Willingham added 11 for the Sky (8-10).
Chicago led 61-59 entering the final quarter and 72-71 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. However, McCoughtry's putback gave Atlanta the lead for good at 73-72 with 3:13 remaining.
Swin Cash had seven points as the Sky opened a 19-16 lead. The Dream surged back with a late 10-0 run that included a three-point play by McCoughtry and two baskets by Harding on the way to a 26-21 advantage by quarter's end.
McCoughtry scored nine points in the second quarter to help Atlanta maintain a slim lead late in the half. The Sky pulled to 42-40 on Cash's rebound shot, but McCoughtry closed the period with a pair of free throws for a 44-40 halftime edge.
The Sky reclaimed the lead at 55-53 on Sonja Petrovic's jumper and maintained a two-point lead after the third quarter.
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