UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points and the Atlanta Dream used a 25-0 run bridging halftime to beat the Connecticut Sun 94-62 Friday night.
Iziane Castro Marques had 17 points and Erika DeSouza added 13 points and 13 rebounds to help the Dream (17-9) hand the Sun the worst home loss in franchise history. Atlanta also moved percentage points behind first-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
Asjha Jones scored 16 points, DeMya Walker had 13 and Sandrine Gruda added 12 for Connecticut (13-11), which dropped into a fourth-place tie with New York. The Sun's previous low-mark at home was a 75-46 loss to Indiana on May 27, 2008.
Kelly Miller's 3-pointer capped a 13-0 run to end the first half that gave Atlanta a 53-36 lead at the break. The Dream then scored first 12 points of the third quarter, taking a 29-point lead on Sancho Lyttle's jumper with 6:17 left in the period.
The Sun went scoreless for the final 2:55 of the second quarter and the first 3:56 of the third, with Gruda's layup ending the drought.
Castro Marques' layup stretched the Dream's lead to 83-42 with 1:41 left in the third quarter, and they matched the 39-point advantage several times.
The Dream led 34-20 early in the second period before Connecticut's 16-6 run cut the lead to 40-36. But Atlanta forced three turnovers in the final 2:26 of the half to fuel its run.