The Atlanta Dream’s balanced scoring, led by Courtney Williams’ 21 points, helped them end their four-game losing streak with a 101-78 win over the visiting Washington Mystics on Sunday.
Atlanta (5-6) snapped a six-game losing streak against the Mystics (4-6) behind its best shooting performance of the season, making 50.7 percent from the field.
Williams made 8 of 13 shots from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and had three steals.
Odyssey Sims had 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sims started at point guard in place of Chennedy Carter, who missed her fifth straight game with a strained elbow.
Tiffany Hayes finished with 18 points and six assists.
Cheyenne Parker scored eight of her 11 points in the second half and finished with six rebounds.
Washington was led by Myisha Hines-Allen’s 16 points and six rebounds and Ariel Atkins added 15 points and four steals. Tina Charles finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Atlanta’s shooting performance included making 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.
The Dream’s defense also forced Washington into 17 turnovers.
Charles, Hines-Allen and Atkins scored 31 of Washington’s 49 points in the first half but they shot only a combined 10-of-25 from the field at that point.
The Mystics made only 37.7 percent of their shots from the field in the game.
Hayes, Sims and Williams combined for 32 points to lead Atlanta to its 51-49 halftime lead. That trio made 10 of 20 shots from the field by halftime.
Atlanta went on a 17-5 run to start the second half to take a 68-54 lead with 5:52 left in the third quarter.
Parker scored the last eight points in that stretch for Atlanta including consecutive 3-point shots.
Atlanta, which led as many as 17 points in the third quarter, finished shooting 11 of 16 shots in the period to take a 79-66 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Dream outscored Washington 22-12 in the fourth quarter to pull away for good.
The teams play their next game against each other Thursday at Washington.
–Field Level Media
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