- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) - Angel McCoughtry and Iziane Castro Marques each scored 32 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 108-103 overtime victory against the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday night.

Erika DeSouza had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Dream (14-5), winners of five of their last six games. McCoughtry and Alison Bales _ starting in place of the injured Sancho Lyttle _ had 10 rebounds each.

Sun rookie Tina Charles had a season-high 27 points and 20 rebounds for her WNBA-leading 14th double-double. Asjha Jones scored 17 points, Sandrine Gruda had 16 and Kara Lawson 11 for fourth-place Connecticut (10-8), which lost its third straight for the first time this season.

The game featured the last two No. 1 picks in the WNBA draft _ McCoughtry, out of Louisville in 2009, and UConn’s Charles this year.

Charles made two free throws with 2:22 left in overtime to give the Sun a 103-101 lead, and they didn’t score again.

McCoughtry’s tied the score with a jumper with 1:04 left and then gave the Dream their first lead of the extra period with a three-point play 32 seconds later. The go-ahead play came after instant replay overruled that Dream guard Shalee Lehning stepped on the baseline.

Bales and DeSouza each made a free throw in the final 26 seconds to seal Atlanta’s win.

With each team playing its final game before the All-Star break, the Dream moved one game ahead of Washington atop the East. The Sun fell three games behind Atlanta.

Lyttle missed the game due to aftereffects of a concussion sustained in a loss to Chicago on Saturday.

McCoughtry’s fadeaway jumper with 31 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 95. Charles turned the ball over with a double dribble on Connecticut’s ensuing possession. McCoughtry missed a jumper with under 2 seconds left, and Lehning’s potential winning putback came after the buzzer.

McCoughtry’s two free throws with 3:18 left in the third quarter gave the Dream a 77-63 lead, their biggest advantage of the game.

However, the Sun went on a 29-11 run, capped by Tan White’s three-point play that gave Connecticut a 92-88 lead with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

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