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2014 WNBA: Dream suffer disappointing 85-76 loss to the Sun

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Tiffany Hayes finished with 17 points but the Atlanta Dream lost for the third time in their last four games with an 85-76 loss to the Connecticut Sun.

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The Atlanta Dream's struggles in Connecticut continued on Sunday as they suffered a disappointing 85-76 loss to the Sun.

Connecticut jumped out to a 24-18 advantage after one and extended the lead to 11 at the half. Atlanta never could find a rhythm offensively and finished the game shooting just 36 percent to go along with 18 more turnovers. During the early part of the season, the Dream are among the worst teams in the WNBA at taking care of the basketball. The Sun led by as many as 21 points in the second half before cruising home late.

Tiffany Hayes led the way for Atlanta with 17 points. Erika de Souza added 15 points and eight rebounds but was saddled with six turnovers. Shoni Schimmel added 11 points while Sancho Lyttle chipped in 10. Angel McCoughtry struggled all afternoon and finished with just seven points on 2-14 shooting.

The Sun were led by Chiney Ogwumike who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Renee Montgomery also finished with 18 off the bench. Connecticut shot 46 percent from the field for the game and were solid at the free throw line where they converted 23-28 attempts.

The win was just the second of the season for the Sun and the loss drops Atlanta to 3-3 on the season. Atlanta will look to bounce back once again on Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Sparks at Philips Arena.