McCoughtry scores 16, de Souza adds 12 points and 14 boards as Dream beat Liberty, 70-57

Angel McCoughtry scored 16 points, Erika de Souza had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Atlanta Dream cruised to a 70-57 victory over the New York Liberty on Friday night.

Tiffany Hayes added 12 points and Alex Bentley had 11 for the Dream (17-13), who moved closer to clinching second place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta leads Washington, which lost at Connecticut, by three games with four games remaining for both teams.

Kara Braxton scored 17 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter, Plenette Pierson had 12 and Alex Montgomery 10 for New York (11-20), which moved closer to being eliminated from playoff contention.