Georgia, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Angel McCoughtry scored 18 as the Atlanta Dream led for almost the entire game in rolling past the New York Liberty, 85-62 Friday at Philips Arena.
Tiffany Hayes added 16 points, Shoni Shimmel scored 14, Erika de Souza had 11 and Aneika Henry 10.
McCoughtry and Henry combined for 12 first quarter points to give the Dream a 21-17 lead.
Hayes hit a 3-pointer that ignited a 13-3 run for a 34-22 lead at 6:30 of the second.
The Dream outscored Liberty 15-9 in the last 4:43 of the quarter to bring a 49-35 lead at halftime.
Back-to-back baskets by Sancho Lyttle gave the Dream a 56-39 lead midway in the third.
The Liberty cut the deficit to 61-48 after three free throws by Plenette Pierson before the Dream started burying them again for 70-53 lead going into the final period.
The Dream started the fourth with six straight points to take a 75-53 lead with 8:34 left, and the Liberty didn’t recover from the pounding.
Alex Montgomery had 11 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 10 to lead the Liberty.