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WNBA: Sputtering Dream bid to get back on track vs. Mystics

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The Atlanta Dream will aim to snap a four-game losing skid on Sunday when they host the Washington Mystics in the opener of a home-and-home series.

The Dream (4-6) will visit the Mystics (4-5) on Thursday.

Courtney Williams led the Dream with her third double-double this season with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s 86-75 loss to Seattle. Cheyenne Parker finished with 17 points in just her second start of the season, while Tiffany Hayes collected 11 points and four assists.

“At the end of the day, we have to make some shots,” said Atlanta interim coach Mike Petersen, whose team made only 36.1 percent of its field goals against Seattle — including a 4-of-18 performance from 3-point range.

“We had good players take a lot of good shots that we didn’t make. I told the team I thought our effort was really good. Our focus was really good. We turned the ball over only five times. I have faith and trust in our players to make shots,” he said.

Williams and Hayes combined to shoot 10 of 32 from the field.

Chennedy Carter continues to be sidelined with a strained elbow. Her absence coincides with Atlanta’s four-game losing streak.

The Mystics enter Sunday’s clash on a two-game winning streak.

Ariel Atkins had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists in Washington’s 89-71 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday. It marked the fourth time that Atkins has scored at least 20 points this season.

“It definitely feels good to be able to do this for my team because at the end of the day, if we all get better and we all be consistent at what we’re trying to do here, our team gets better as a whole,” Atkins said.

Tina Charles’ double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Sparks put her past Lisa Leslie as second on the WNBA’s double-double list with 158. Minnesota forward Sylvia Fowles holds the record with 169.

Charles leads the WNBA by averaging 25.2 points per game entering play on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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