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Liberty hand Dream first loss of season

Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter each scored 17 points to help the New York Liberty hand the Atlanta Dream their first loss of the season, 76-67, Sunday at Prudential Center.

Kara Braxton recorded 14 points and five rebounds, with Pondexter also contributing six boards and six assists for the Liberty, who have won all of their games at home this season.

Sancho Lyttle scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Angel McCoughtry added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Dream, who were 4-0 coming in.

After the Dream held a 33-32 lead at the break, New York broke away in the second half, outscoring the visitors 44-34, including limiting Atlanta to just 12 fourth-quarter points, to secure the victory.

Prior to the game, New York announced that veteran forward Essence Carson will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. The injury occurred in Friday's loss at Atlanta.