Hayes, McCoughtry lead Dream past Mystics

Hayes, McCoughtry lead Dream past Mystics
August 18, 2013, 5:30 pm
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(Associated Press)

ATLANTA -- Tiffany Hayes tied he career high with 23 points, Angel McCoughtry added 22 and the Atlanta Dream won their second straight game with a 76-58 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

Ivory Latta finished with 12 points and Monique Currie had 10 for Washington (12-4), which ended a three-game winning streak.

The Mystics started fast, taking a 10-point lead on Currie's 3-pointer 2 minutes into in the first, and they didn't trail until Hayes' 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in the second quarter made it 38-37.

Hayes scored 10 points in the second and nine in the third. She added a 3 with 8:14 left in the game to make it 66-48.

Atlanta (13-9) led the rest of the game to win its eighth straight in the series.

McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, had nine points and three assists in the third. In a 5-second span on Atlanta's end of the floor early in the quarter, she hit a layup, stole an inbound pass and scored another layup to make it 44-39.

The Dream led by double digits the rest of the afternoon after McCoughtry needed just 8 seconds to finish a three-point play, steal the ball from Crystal Langhorne and hit one of two free throws to make it 51-41.

Le'Coe Willingham finished with eight points and Erika de Souza rebounds for the Dream, a league-best 10-1 at home.

Langhorne added points and nine rebounds for Washington.

Atlanta won by double digits for the 12th time this year.

Hayes last scored 23 points on July 7, 2012, at Phoenix.