Dream Vs. Lynx: Maya Moore Scores 13 As Minnesota Defeats Atlanta 96-85

The Atlanta Dream look for their second consecutive win as they prepare to open a home and home series with Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be watched on the net with WNBA Live Access.

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Dream Vs. Lynx Final Score: Seimone Augustus Leads Minnesota Over Atlanta 96-85

Angel McCoughtry had her biggest game of the year offensively but Atlanta couldn't overcome 18 turnovers while losing 96-85 in Minnesota. McCoughtry did a little bit of everything in the game finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals. However, Minnesota capitalized off of 18 turnovers by the Dream which led to 28 points for the Lynx. Most of which came in the third quarter when Atlanta was outscored 28-16. 

In addition to McCoughtry's 27 points, Erika de Souza recorded yet another double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques finished with 12 while Shalee Lehning came off the bench to score 11 for the Dream. Lindsey Harding struggled yet again finishing with five points and one assist while going 2-7 from the field. 

Seimone Augustus led the way for the Lynx whose transition game was reminiscent of Atlanta's performance last season. Augustus finished with 25 points while point guard Lindsay Whalen finished with 16 points and eight assists. Rebekkah Brunson finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Atlanta native Maya Moore had 13 points on 6-14 shooting. 

Atlanta was without forward Sancho Lyttle who has left the team to play with the Spanish National team in the Eurobasket Tournament. Alison Bales got the start in her absence. 

Atlanta finishes 1-2 on their three game road trip and starts the season 1-4 after going to the WNBA Finals last season. There is still time for the team to turn around but they are going to have to shore up their defensive play as well as get more steady play from the point guard position. The Dream entered tonight's game averaging a league worst 18.7 turnovers per game. That is giving their opponent too many easy opportunities and has led to their giving up 84 points per game this season. 

The Dream are back in action on Sunday as they complete their home and home series with Minnesota at Philips Arena. 

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Dream Vs. Lynx: The Dream Set To Face Atlanta Native Maya Moore For The First Time

The Atlanta Dream looked more like the team we were all expecting to see this season when they captured their first victory of the seasom 79-58 over the New York Liberty earlier this week. Atlanta's offensive attack has steadily improved thanks to the return from injury of Angel McCoughtry who had 18 points against New York. 

Another improvement that Atlanta fans should be excited about is the improvement on defense. After surrendering more than 85 points in the first three games, Atlanta held New York to 58 and just 36 percent shooting. 

Minnesota comes in at 3-1 this season with a dominating victory over the Seattle Storm to their credit. The Lynx are led by the reigning Western Conference Player of the week Rebekkah Brunson who is averaging 14.8 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. Atlanta native and former UConn star Maya Moore is averaging 14.5 points per game. 

Rebounding the basketball could be key in this game as both of these clubs rank among the league leaders. Atlanta can match Brunson somewhat with 6-foot-5 Erika de Souza but will also need rebounding help from Sancho Lyttle as well. 

Another theme to watch in this game will be the play of Lindsey Harding who has struggled to mesh with the team thus far. Harding is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 assists per game but is only shooting 37 percent from the field. In the victory over New York, it was Shalee Lehning who was in the game when Atlanta went on its big run to take control of the game. Harding returned late in that game and looked better but it is clear that she isn't hitting on all cylinders just yet. 

Game time is set for 8 p.m. eastern. 

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