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.