McCoughtry propels Dream to ninth victory

ATLANTA — Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points and the surging Atlanta Dream improved their WNBA-leading record to 9-1 with an 86-75 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Erika De Souza finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Dream, off to the best start in team history. Alex Bentley had 17 points, and Tiffany Hayes added 13.

Monique Currie scored 20 points for the Mystics (4-6). Ivory Latta and Emma Meesseman each had 12 points.

Fever 80, Shock 69

At Indianapolis, Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 28 points after missing two games because of a lower back injury, helping defending WNBA champion Indiana beat Tulsa to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Catchings also had six steals. Karima Christmas had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Fever (2-7), and Shavonte Zellous added 10 points. Nicole Powell had a season-high 21 points for the Shock (3-11).

Lynx 88, Sparks 64

At Minneapolis, Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points, and Seimone Augustus had 19 in Minnesota's victory over Los Angeles.

Devereaux Peters added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Lynx improve to 7-2 with their fifth in six games. Candace Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (5-3), who beat Minnesota by 28 points last Friday night in California. Kristi Toliver added 14 points.

Liberty 67, Storm 62

At Seattle, Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points and New York beat Seattle for its first road victory in four games this season.

Kara Braxton added a career-high 14 rebounds and eight points for New York (5-4). The Liberty snapped an eight-game losing streak at Seattle.

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