WNBA playoff: Harding pumps in 21 points, Dream tops Sun in series opener
Harding shot 6-for-14 from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line to lead the Dreams formidable starting unit.
The Dream also got huge contributions from their frontline as McCoughtry chalked up 16 points and 10 boards, Sancho Lyttle recorded 13 points and 11 boards, and Erika de Souza tallied 16 points and 9 boards. Guard Armintie Price came up with a nice all around game, recording 14 points, 7 boards, and 5 dimes in the night. As expected, the series opener between the Dream and Sun was a tight contest with both teams leaning heavily on their key players.
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September 16, 2011 10:36 pm EDT
Sports, Basketball, National Basketball Association
Lindsey Harding pumped in 21 points while Angel McCoughtry and Sancho Lyttle each racked up double-double games to power the Atlanta Dream to an 89-84 win over the Connecticut Sun Friday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semis series at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Harding shot 6-for-14 from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line to lead the Dream’s formidable starting unit.
The Dream also got huge contributions from their frontline as McCoughtry chalked up 16 points and 10 boards, Sancho Lyttle recorded 13 points and 11 boards, and Erika de Souza tallied 16 points and 9 boards.
Guard Armintie Price came up with a nice all around game, recording 14 points, 7 boards and 5 dimes.
As expected, the series opener between the Dream and Sun was a tight affair with both teams leaning heavily on their key players.
With Connecticut leading by just a mere point 81-80 with 2:26 points left, Harding and Lyttle knocked down key free throws to put the Dream at bay for good.
Renee Montgomery and Asjha Jones paced the Sun with 16 points each, while leading WNBA MVP candidate Tina Charles scored just 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting with 7 boards.
The Dream shot .417 percent from the field and .813 percent from the free throw line. They also grabbed 47 boards and recorded 12 steals.
Meanwhile, the Sun shot .389 from the field and .952 from the foul line. However, rebounding proved to be the biggest problem for the Sun as they nabbed just 29 boards.
The Dream can advance to their second straight conference finals appearance with another win against the Sun at Philips Arena Sunday.
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