Wednesday's WNBA Capsules
Thursday, September 6, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) — Lindsey Harding scored 20 points and Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to add 15, leading the Atlanta Dream to a 71-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night.
Tiffany Hayes added 12 points and Sancho Lyttle 10 for Atlanta, which has won three straight under new coach Fred Williams as it tries to keep pace in the Eastern Conference. The third-place Dream are three games behind the Fever in the East and five back of Connecticut.
The Dream, the two-time defending conference champions, struggled for much of the season before beating the Sun 87-80 Sunday and rallying past Indiana.
Atlanta (15-13) trailed 52-48 after three quarters, but Harding scored 12 points in the final period and Hayes added six to help the Dream snap Indiana's win streak at four.
Katie Douglas hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Indiana (17-9). Tamika Catchings added 13 points and nine rebounds.
LIBERTY 87, MERCURY 59
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Plenette Pierson scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense and New York cruised past Phoenix.
Kara Braxton and Alex Montgomery added 12 points each, Nicole Powell had 11 and Cappie Pondexter 10 to help New York (11-16) move a half-game ahead of Chicago for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. The Liberty host the Sky on Friday night.
DeWanna Bonner scored 20 points for the Mercury (6-20), who fell into a tie with Tulsa for last place in the West. Diana Taurasi and Alexis Hornbuckle added 10 points each.
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