CHICAGO (AP) — Iziane Castro Marques scored 16 of her 31 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Atlanta Dream to a 93-86 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.
Erika DeSouza had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Sancho Lyttle scored 15 points and Angel McCoughtry and Shalee Lehning added 10 each for the Eastern Conference-leading Dream (9-3). Atlanta, which opened the season 6-0, has won three of its last four.
Chicago got off to a fast start, taking a 10 point lead midway through the first quarter. The Dream rallied and took a lead midway through the second quarter, but the Sky went back ahead by six after a jumper by Dominique Canty early in the third.
The game stayed close with both teams taking the lead several times until Castro Marques' 3-pointer put the Dream ahead for good, 64-61, in the final minute of the third quarter.
"You can never give up," Castro Marques said. "They had the lead and we never gave up and kept fighting and finally get the lead and finish the game. At the end, it was very close and we never think about losing so I think we can take for next game that we are always in the game and we always can win."
Cathrine Kraayeveld and Jia Perkins hit 3s in the final minute to cut the Sky's deficit to 89-86 with 13.8 seconds left, but Chicago didn't score again. Castro Marques made two free throws and a layup to seal the Dream's win.
"She played a great game," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said of Castro Marques. "Her speed and quickness really bothers a lot of teams. She was great on the offensive end and she did some nice things on defense too."
Perkins scored a season-high 25 points and Sylvia Fowles had 24 for the Sky (4-7), who have lost three straight since winning four in a row. Canty added 12 points.
"I'm frustrated, but then again, you just have to let it go," Fowles said. "I try not to hold things in as much this year, go back at it tomorrow at practice, learn from our mistakes and get ready for our next opponent."
McCoughtry, second in the league in scoring at 20.8 points per game, shot 5 for 16. She had six assists and six rebounds.
"They were playing really tough on me defensively and that's how you open up for other players," McCoughtry said. "I was just trying to do some other things by getting rebounds and making good passes."