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Lindsey Harding, Dream hand Mystics 8th straight loss

- Associated Press - Sunday, September 9, 2012

ATLANTA — Lindsey Harding had 15 points and nine assists, Erika DeSouza had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Dream cruised to a 93-68 victory against the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

Armintie Price had 11 of her 15 points in the first half as the Dream (16-14) jumped to a 24-point first-half lead and finished shooting 59 percent. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 11 points and Tiffany Hayes added 10.

Crystal Langhorne and Noelle Quinn scored 12 points each for the league-worst Mystics (5-24), who lost their eighth straight. Monique Currie and Jasmine Thomas added 10 points each, and Ashley Robinson grabbed 13 rebounds.

Atlanta rebounded from a double-overtime loss at Minnesota on Friday in which it squandered a 25-point lead in the first half.

Angel McCoughtry, who scored 30 points against the Lynx and came in averaging a league-leading 21.1 points per game, finished with eight points against Washington. However, her teammates picked up the scoring load.

The Dream shot 61 percent in the first half and led by 24 points in the second quarter before settling for a 46-27 halftime lead. Atlanta had 26 points in the paint and scored 14 on the fast break.

Washington shot just 27.6 percent in the first half and committed 12 turnovers.

Atlanta made nine of its first 11 shots and led 20-9 before Washington cut the margin to 22-15 at the end of the first quarter. But the Dream went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter to go up 44-20.

Price made her first four shots and had nine of her 11 first-half points in the opening quarter. Harding had six assists in the first half.

The Mystics cut Atlanta's lead to 60-45, but the Dream ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run go up by 23 points going into the final quarter.

Atlanta beat Washington twice last month without McCoughtry, including an 82-59 home victory on Aug. 30. The teams meet for the final time at Washington on Friday.

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