The Atlanta Dream were able to mount a huge comeback on the road, as they defeated the Washington Mystics 64-61.
For much of last night's game between the Mystics and Dream, it looked like Washington was well on their way to their third win in a row. The first quarter and the opening minutes of the second saw the two teams trade leads.
But the Mystics took hold of the game with an 18-4 run in the last five minutes of the second quarter. Emma Meesseman put an exclamation point on the half, corralling the rebound from Tayler Hill's missed three-pointer and putting it in at the buzzer, taking an 11-point lead into the locker room at halftime with a score of 25-36. Messeman would end the game with 21 points and nine rebounds.
True to form, the Mystics were a pass-happy team in the first three quarters, with 15 of their 19 field goals coming off of assists. But the fourth quarter was a different story.
After maintaining their 11-point lead into the start of final stanza, the Mystics would not register a single assist for the rest of the game. Instead, it was the Dream who were clicking offensively, scoring 26 points to the Mystics 12 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Angel McCoughtry scored 10 of her 21 points in the game's final ten minutes, with five of those coming in the last 38 seconds. Her three-pointer at 27 seconds gave the Dream their first lead since the seven minute mark in the second quarter, and her free throws with nine seconds left would end up being the difference, after Ivory Latta's desperation three from 28 feet out couldn't find the basket.
A few different Mystics struggled from the floor; Natasha Cloud only made one out of her eight shot attempts, and Ivory Latta shot 2-12 on the night. Though both teams had similar turnover numbers, Atlanta capitalized more on the miscues; Washington gave up 21 points off turnovers.
Latta had five turnovers herself, none as crucial as her errant pass that went out of bounds with ten seconds left in the fourth, with the Mystics down by a point.
The offensive dry spell at the beginning of the fourth came back to haunt the Mystics, and defensively, they didn't seem to have an answer for the Dream's attack when it mattered most.
Atlanta improved to 2-2 on the season, and Washington will try to get back to their winning ways, now at 2-1, when they play the Liberty on Sunday.