A furious fourth quarter comeback combined with some late heroics by Angel McCoughtry helped the Atlanta Dream sneak past the Washington Mystics 64-61 for their second win of the season.
Atlanta trailed 49-38 entering the fourth in what was another slog of an offensive performance. However, the Dream finally found something resembling an offensive rhythm as their defense forced turnovers and shots finally started to fall. Shoni Schimmel knocked down a pair of three-pointers to help ignite a 17-6 run. McCoughtry scored 10 of her team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter including five in the final 27.9 seconds as Atlanta finally recaptured the lead.
The Dream trailed 61-59 with under 40 seconds remaining as Sancho Lyttle came up with a key steal. Atlanta pushed the ball up the court and found McCoughtry who rose up and knocked down a huge three-pointer to put the Dream up 62-61 with 27.9 remaining. They Mystics turned the ball over again on the next possession and McCoughtry sank two more free throws to increase the lead to 64-61. Ivory Latta's game tying attempt with 1.9 rimmed out giving the Dream the victory.
Atlanta outscored Washington 26-12 in the fourth quarter while making 8-13 attempts including 5-7 from three-point range.
The Dream got off to a good enough start in the game leading 17-14 after one, but flatlined in the second quarter where they were outscored 22-8 by the Mystics. Atlanta shot just 4-12 in the second quarter and turned the ball over six times. This time, they were able to flip the script in the fourth and pull out the victory.
McCoughtry totaled six rebounds, three assists and three steals to go along with her 21 points. She finished 7-18 from the field. Tiffany Hayes added 12 points while Schimmel and Erika de Souza finished with six points each. Emma Meesseman led the Mystics with 21 points while Taylor Hill added 15 off the bench.
The Dream will play their third game in four days Sunday afternoon when they travel to Connecticut for a rematch with the Sun.