- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 26, 2008

ATLANTA | Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Washington Mystics‘ 81-75 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.

Alana Beard finished with 12 points, and Monique Currie and Bernice Mosby each had 11 for Washington, which has won two of three to improve to 2-1 under interim coach Jessie Kenlaw.

The expansion Dream have lost four straight and have the WNBA’s worst record at 3-23.

Iziane Castro Marques scored 23 points for Atlanta, which took its first lead in two games when Betty Lennox pulled up on a fast break and hit a 14-footer midway through the second quarter.

Lennox began the game with the Dream’s top scoring average at 17.3, but she finished just 1-for-6 from the field and now has a total of just nine points over the last three games.

Atlanta came within one on Ivory Latta’s 3-pointer before Currie responded with a runner that made it 78-75 with 3:15 left.

The Mystics’ biggest lead, 74-61, came on Nakia Sanford’s lay-in at the 8:33 mark.

Erika DeSouza played her first game for the Dream since breaking her leg in a loss to Washington on May 27. She finished with six points and four rebounds in nearly 13 minutes.

Liberty 69, Sparks 68

NEW YORK | Janel McCarville’s layup with 6.4 seconds left lifted New York to a win over Los Angeles.

Lynx 78, Silver Stars 68

MINNEAPOLIS | Seimone Augustus scored 20 points, Lindsey Harding added a season-high 13 and Minnesota beat San Antonio.

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