- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 20, 2009

ATLANTA | With steady playing time, Sancho Lyttle is sure she can keep filling up the stat sheet.

Lyttle scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Friday night to lead the Dream to a 93-81 victory and held send the Washington Mystics’ to their first loss of the season.

Washington was the only unbeaten team left in the WNBA.

“People are going to start to see now that I can put up good numbers,” said Lyttle, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds in Atlanta’s last game against Connecticut on Sunday. “I’m just going to keep on hustling and getting on the boards.”

Chamique Holdsclaw, selected by the Mystics with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft, scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Erika DeSouza had 13 points and Iziane Castro Marques and Nikki Teasley each added 12.

The height of DeSouza, Lyttle and Michelle Snow - each at least 6-foot-4 - gave the Mystics trouble all night. Washington was outrebounded 46-31. The Dream also shot 34-for-74 from the field (44.4 percent) for the game, holding Washington to 31.8 shooting (25-for-63).

“They killed us on the offensive boards and in the paint,” said Alana Beard, who led Washington (3-1) with 20 points and three steals. “We have to protect the paint. Those are the easy baskets and we did not do that tonight.”

Matee Ajavon had 13 points for the Mystic. Monique Currie, Nakia Sanford and Crystal Langhorne each added 10 points.

Marques’ layup and midrange jumper with 5:15 left in the third quarter to give the Dream a 53-42 lead, prompting Washington coach Julie Plank to call a timeout.

But the timeout didn’t stop the surging Dream (3-2), who are one victory away from tying last season’s win total. Atlanta finished with a 4-30 record in 2008, setting a league record for losses.

LIBERTY 77, SILVER STARS 61: Janel McCarville scored 18 points to lead New York to a victory over short-handed San Antonio for the Liberty’s first win of the season.

SUN 91, SKY 61: Asjha Jones scored 17 points and had nine rebounds, and Connecticut snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Chicago.

FEVER 66, SHOCK 54: Tamika Catchings scored 15 points, and Indiana beat Detroit in Rick Mahorn’s debut as Shock coach.

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