TULSA, Okla. – Angel McCoughtry scored a career-high 37 points as the Atlanta Dream held off the struggling Tulsa Shock 76-68 on Tuesday night.
McCoughtry, whose output was the highest in the WNBA this season, shot 11 for 22 from the field and 15 for 19 on free throws. Her six points in the final 4:20 proved to be the difference for the Dream (7-9), who won their fourth straight overall and second in a row on the road.
"Every win is big in this league for everybody," McCoughtry said. "It's not like college where there are set teams you know will always win. For us, this game gave us a little more confidence. The chemistry is coming."
Coco Miller added 12 points for the Dream. Erika DeSouza, Atlanta's starting center, played just 11 minutes because team officials said she was battling a headache. Former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris scored six points on 3-for-5 shooting.
"It feels good to be back in Oklahoma," Paris said. "It's cool to see the OU players and all the people that supported me in college. It's been fun. I had no idea I would end up on Atlanta but it's been fun. We're on a little roll with four wins."
Rookie center Liz Cambage scored 16 points and Sheryl Swoopes had 12 to lead the Shock (1-15). Tiffany Jackson had 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double.
"She's the one player I can count on to leave everything on the floor. She plays hard all the time," Edwards said of Jackson. "She's been playing like an All-Star all season. She's getting it done in practice and brings it to the game."
Swoopes also had five rebounds to top 1,500 for her career and Ivory Latta scored nine points to get to 1,000 in her career.
Tulsa nearly rallied from a 19-point deficit with a 15-1 run in the final period as Cambage scored eight points in the final 8 minutes.
"I wanted us to attack from the start," Edwards said. "I wanted us to go inside-out to give us the high-percentage opportunity. If it's not there, kick it out. We still have a tendency to get away from our offense. We're learning."