The Atlanta Dream got off to a good start but weren't able to sustain it as they suffered their first loss at Philips Arena this season with an 86-79 loss to the Washington Mystics.
The Dream came out of the gates on fire beginning the game with a 9-0 run with 7:11 remaining. However, after a long delay due to a shot clock malfunction, Atlanta seemed to lose a bit of their defensive energy and the Mystics began to chip away at the lead. The Dream hung on for a 22-19 advantage at the end of one but Washington pushed ahead in the second.
The Mystics led 44-40 with just 0.8 remaining in the half before Angel McCoughtry buried a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to a single point.
Washington took control in the third outscoring Atlanta 23-16 to take a 67-59 into the fourth. The Dream shot just 33 percent from the field in the third and missed both of their three-point attempts.
The Mystics extended the lead to as many as 14 in the fourth and cruised home for their first win over the Dream at Philips Arena since the 2013 season.
Angel McCoughtry scored 18 of her game-high 28 points in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had a great effort inside with a season-high 21 points. Sancho Lyttle added eight points and a team-best 11 rebounds. After a great start to the season, Tiffany Hayes hit a wall in this one finishing with just one point while going 0 for 9 from the field. The Dream shot 39 percent for the game and were 5 for 19 from three-point range.
Five different players scored in double figures for Washington led by Tayler Hill's 17 points. Emma Meesseman added 15 while Ivory Latta chipped in 12 off the bench. Washington shot just 38 percent from the field but knocked down 9 of 21 three-point attempts and finished the game with a 22-16 edge in second-chance points.
Atlanta won't play again until Friday when they host the defending champion Minnesota Lynx at Philips Arena.