The Atlanta Dream continued to roll Friday night as they extended their winning streak to six straight games with an 85-64 win over the New York Liberty at Philips Arena. Atlanta is now a WNBA best 7-1 at home and lead the Eastern Conference with a 9-3 record.
Atlanta wasted little time in establishing themselves. They led 21-17 at the end of one and pushed that lead to 14 after a 28 point second quarter. Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half and the Dream got a boost from Aneika Henry who added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench in the first 20 minutes.
Atlanta continued to poor it on in the second half and stretched the lead to as many as 23 points. New York has had a difficult time finding consistent offense behind their duo of Tina Charles and Cappie Pondexter. The Dream did a great job defensively holding them to a combined 12 points on 6-20 shooting. Alex Montgomery led the Liberty with 11 points while DeLisha Milton-Jones added 10. New York shot just 39 percent in the game and finished with 16 turnovers.
Michael Cooper has to be pleased with the way his team is coming along at both ends of the floor. After grinding out a couple of wins against Washington, their free flowing offense returned against the Liberty as they racked up 22 assists on 33 made field goals. Tiffany Hayes continued her hot shooting finishing with 16 points. Rookie Shoni Schimmel finished with 14 points and four assists off the bench for Atlanta.
The Dream will wrap up the home-and-home set with the Liberty on Sunday in New York which is also the start of a three-game road trip that will also take them to San Antonio and Indiana.