Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points and the Atlanta Dream opened the second half of the WNBA season with an 82-76 win over the Chicago Sky.
Atlanta entered the fourth quarter trailing in a nip and tuck game but a strong final quarter proved to be the difference. The Dream outscored the Sky 23-15 in the final period and took the lead for good with 3:13 remaining on a McCoughtry putback.
McCoughtry hit 8 of 16 shots and also finished with eight rebounds and six assists to go with her 25 points. Erika de Souza scored 19 points in her first game of the season for the Dream. Lindsey Harding added 15 points while Sancho Lyttle added 14 points and a team-high seven assists. Epiphanny Prince led the Sky with 16 points while Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and six rebounds.
The win evens the Dream's record on the season at 10-10. They are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Indiana to take on the Fever.
The Atlanta Dream will open up the second half of the WNBA season Friday night at Chicago and will have its full complement of players for the first time this season. Center Erika De Souza missed the first part of the season due to her Olympic commitments with Brazil.
De Souza was a key part of the Dream last season averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She helped lead Brazil to a fifth place finish in Group B of the Olympics while averaging 16 points a game. More importantly for Atlanta her presence enables Marynell Meadors to slide Sancho Lyttle to the power forward position. The Lyttle and de Souza combination is a tough matchup for most of the teams in the WNBA.
"I'm really excited to come back," said de Souza. "It was tough in Brazil, we were working so hard. I'm sure we are going to work hard here too and we are going to get the results. I didn't come back here to just be the conference champion; I came here to be the champion of the WNBA."
Atlanta went 9-10 before the break without de Souza but has made second half pushes their calling card which has resulted in back-to-back appearances in the WNBA Finals.