Dream’s McCoughtry still recovering from serious knee injury
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry's status for this season is uncertain as she continues to recover from a serious knee injury.
LA Sparks sign center Rachel Hollivay
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have signed center Rachel Hollivay, who played for the Atlanta Dream in 2016 and '17.
The 6-foot-4 center recently joined Nantes in France after...
Mystics earn 1st trip to WNBA Finals, beating Dream 86-81
ATLANTA (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had a rather quiet night by her high standards.
The Washington Mystics are headed to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history .
Rookie Ariel Atkins, Kristi Toliver and Tianna Hawkins picked up the slack for the Mystics, who held off the Atlanta Dream 86-81 in the decisive fifth game of their semifinal series Tuesday night.
Delle Donne’s return fuels Mystics’s 97-76 rout over Dream
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne wasn't about to let a knee injury sideline her again with the Washington Mystics season at stake.
She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in her return from a bone bruise in her left knee and the Mystics forced a decisive Game 5 with a 97-76 win over the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA semifinal series.
Hayes, Dream beat Mystics 81-76 for 2-1 series lead
WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Washington Mystics tried adjusting without injured All-Star Elena Delle Donne, the Atlanta Dream benefitted from lessons learned after losing their best player weeks ago.
Tiffany Hayes had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Dream beat the Mystics 81-76 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA semifinal series.
Mystics F Delle Donne questionable with knee bone bruise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a bone bruise in her left knee and will be listed as questionable for Game 3 of the WNBA semifinal series against the Atlanta Dream.
The Mystics announced Delle Donne's status Wednesday, two days before they host the Dream.
Dream beats Mystics 78-75, Delle Donne down with knee injury
ATLANTA (AP) — Elena Delle Donne was having another huge game, and the Washington Mystics were on the verge of taking command of this WNBA semifinal series.
Then, one of the league's biggest stars crumpled to the court with what looked like a serious knee injury.
Her teammates could hardly bear to look as she writhed in pain.
Just like that, the playoffs took a gut-wrenching turn.
Delle Donne, Mystics hold off Dream to win opener
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Mystics decided to keep Elena Delle Donne in the post and see how the Atlanta Dream would adjust.
It worked so well that the Mystics might just stay with the same approach all series.
"My teammates have trust in me in those situations to attack and try to make the right read," Delle Donne said. "I was flowing today, so they kind of just ran the offense through me. I just had to make reads or attack."
Dream face Mystics with coach of year but missing McCoughtry
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Dream are back in the WNBA playoffs, led by the coach of the year but missing the face of the franchise.
When the Dream face the Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series that begins Sunday in Atlanta, they'll be without star Angel McCoughtry. The 31-year-old went down late in the season with a knee injury.
Dream earn 2nd WNBA playoff seed with 93-78 win over Aces
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored 20 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-78 on Sunday to take the No. 2 seed in the WNBA playoffs.
The Dream (23-11) have byes through the first two single-elimination rounds, and will have home-court advantage in the best-of-five semifinals.
The Aces (14-20) cut it to 83-78 before Renee Montgomery hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Atlanta closed on a 10-0 run.
Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury over Dream 104-95
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner had 33 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks, and Diana Taurasi added 27 points and a career-high-tying 14 assists to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 104-95 on Friday night.
Phoenix (19-14) clinched a first-round home game in the playoffs. Atlanta (22-11) is tied for second place with Washington. The Dream play at Las Vegas on Sunday, and the Mystics close the season at Minnesota. The top-two seeds receive a double-bye in the playoffs.
Dream’s Renee Montgomery hits 8 3s to tie WNBA record
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Renee Montgomery hit eight 3-pointers to match to WNBA regular-season record and scored a season-high 30 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 86-77 on Sunday for their sixth straight victory.
Diana Taurasi, Riquna Williams and Shekinna Stricklen also have hit eight 3-pointers in a game. Montgomery had 25 points in the second half, hitting seven 3-pointers to break the WNBA record for a half — one more than Taurasi, Sue Bird and Sami Whitcomb.
Montgomery hits 6 3s, scores 24 to help Dream beat Wings
ATLANTA (AP) — Renee Montgomery was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 92-82 on Saturday.
Short-handed Dream beat Sparks 79-73
ATLANTA (AP) — Jessica Breland scored 19 points, Alex Bentley made a late go-ahead 3-pointer and the short-handed Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-73 on Thursday night.
It was Atlanta's first victory without star Angel McCoughtry, who the team announced just before the game that she would miss the remainder of the season due to torn ligaments in her left knee. She was averaging 16.5 points, including a career-high 39 points at New York earlier this year.
McCoughtry to miss remainder of Dream season
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury the Atlanta Dream announced Thursday just before their game against Los Angeles.
The ninth-year forward tore ligaments in her left knee on Tuesday night in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Aces.
Dream rebound from dismal season, now WNBA title contender
ATLANTA (AP) — Nicki Collen still has vivid memories of facing the Atlanta Dream late last season.
She's blunt in her assessment.
"Quite frankly, they laid down against us," said Collen, who watched that game as a Connecticut Sun assistant coach.
Las Vegas Aces lose 2 games in 1 day _ on and off the court
ATLANTA (AP) — Talk about a tough day.
The Las Vegas Aces lost two games — one on the court, another for refusing to take the court.
The WNBA ruled the Aces must forfeit last weekend's contest against Washington, which was called off when the Las Vegas players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel .
Dream secure playoff spot, top Aces 109-100
ATLANTA (AP) — Elizabeth Williams and Alex Bentley each scored 22 points, Tiffany Hayes added 21 and the Atlanta Dream overcame an injury to Angel McCoughtry to clinch a playoff spot, beating the Las Vegas Aces 109-100 on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, the WNBA ruled Las Vegas would forfeit its game against Washington that was canceled last week when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel.
Dream guard Tiffany Hayes signs multi-year extension
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes has been rewarded for her best season in the WNBA with a multiyear contract extension.
Earlier this week, Hayes was named Eastern Conference player of the week for the third time this season. She is averaging 17.7 points per game.
Hayes also is averaging 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists as Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference.
Hayes hits 6 3s, scores 28 as Dream beat Lynx 86-66
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 28 points, hitting a career-best six 3-pointers, to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-66 on Sunday night.
Alex Bentley added 19 points and Angel McCoughtry had 11 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta (18-10).
McCoughtry scores 21, 2nd-place Dream top Sky 89-74
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points, Tiffany Hayes added 19 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 89-74 on Friday night.
Atlanta closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run, for a 64-59 lead, and held Chicago to 4-of-17 shooting in the frame.
Hayes and Alex Bentley each made a 3-pointer on Atlanta's first two possessions of the fourth quarter for a 70-59 lead and the Dream led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
Strong finish: Defending champ Lynx have their ‘mojo back’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the WNBA's current dynasty, an uncharacteristic amount of early season losses raised questions about whether the league had outlasted an aging team.
The Minnesota Lynx weren't wondering. They never lost their swagger, even if a 3-6 start suggested it was gone. After winning their last three games before the All-Star break, the Lynx are back on their playoff track with nine games to go in the regular season.
ATLANTA (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had 28 points and 16 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics snap the Atlanta Dreams' franchise-record eight-game winning streak with an 86-71 victory on Tuesday night.
It was Atlanta's first loss since falling to Seattle 95-86 on July 6.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half and the Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 81-71 on Tuesday night for their franchise-best eighth straight victory.
Tiffany Hayes split a double team and made a floater in the lane to give Atlanta a 73-67 lead. On the Dream's next possession, McCoughtry hit a turnaround jumper to cap a 13-2 run.
ATLANTA (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream win their franchise-record seventh straight game with an 87-74 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday.
Seattle's Sue Bird, already the all-time WNBA assists leader, played her 500th career game, passing DeLisha Milton-Jones (499) for the WNBA record for games played.
ATLANTA (AP) — Renee Montgomery made a franchise-record seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points, helping the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 82-68 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.
Montgomery was 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half. The club mark was six 3-pointers in a game, done twice by Betty Lenox. Montgomery broke the record with 4:14 left in the third quarter and did not attempt another shot.
Hayes sinks half-court shot at buzzer in Dream’s win
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes sank a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer to help the Atlanta Dream win their fifth straight game with an 86-83 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Brittney Sykes scored 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter Sunday to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 80-77.
The Dream (12-9) led 74-64 on Sykes' free throws with 5:26 left before the Mystics (13-9) went on an 11-2 run to pull within one. Washington had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds after Monique Currie's defensive rebound with 13.9 seconds left, but Kristi Toliver missed an 18-foot jumper and Angel McCoughtry grabbed the rebound.
Dream continue hot shooting, beat Fever 98-74
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes had 16 points, and the balanced Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 98-74 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.
Atlanta (11-9) had seven players score in double figures. Elizabeth Williams and Brittney Sykes scored 14 points apiece. Angel McCoughtry, Jessica Breland, Alex Bentley and Damiris Dantas each had 10.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points and Jessica Breland added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 106-89 on Wednesday.
Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points apiece, finishing a combined 9 of 13 from 3-point range for the Dream (10-9). Breland added a career-high seven assists and blocked three shots.
Natasha Cloud led the Mystics (12-8) with 17 points and Elena Delle Donne added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Sun trade Bentley to Dream for Clarendon
NEW YORK (AP) — The Connecticut Sun have traded guard Alex Bentley to the Atlanta Dream for Layshia Clarendon and a second-round pick in 2019 on Monday.
Bentley is averaging 10 points for the Sun this season as the team's sixth player. The former All-Star was drafted by the Atlanta Dream in 2013 with the No. 13 pick before being traded to Connecticut as part of a three-team deal with Washington in 2014.
Dream hold off late rally to beat Mercury 76-70
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes had 18 points and the Atlanta Dream held off a late rally to beat the Phoenix Mercury 76-70 on Sunday.
The Dream (9-9) opened the game on an 8-0 run and reached their largest lead at 62-39 on Hayes' jumper with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
Stewart scores 29 to help Storm beat Dream 95-86
ATLANTA (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 29 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to help the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 95-86 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Sue Bird added 18 points and 10 assists, Alysha Clark scored 14 points and Jewell Loyd had 11 for Seattle (14-5). Natasha Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Hayes helps Dream hold off Fever 87-83
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tiffany Hayes made a key runner in the final minute and the Atlanta Dream held off the Indiana Fever for an 87-83 win on Sunday.
Hayes made it 85-79 with 26.2 seconds left and added a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to secure the victory.
The Dream (8-8) had a 17-point halftime lead cut down to 72-69 on Candice Dupree's jumper with 5:06 left and the Fever hung close the rest of the way.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 24 points and the Minnesota Lynx won their sixth straight, 85-74 over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.
Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds for her league-leading 12th double-double of the season, and Seimone Augustus scored 10 points.
DeShields, Quigley help Sky beat Dream
CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 23 points, Allie Quigley had 22 and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 93-80 on Wednesday.
DeShields also had 11 rebounds to help Chicago (5-9) win its second straight after a six-game losing streak.
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points, Layshia Clarendon hit two free throws with 9.4 seconds left and the Atlanta Dream overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Connecticut Sun 75-70 on Friday night.
Brittney Sykes scored 13 points, Damiris Dantas added 11, and Elizabeth Williams had 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Charles helps Liberty beat McCoughtry and Dream 79-72
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tina Charles helped the New York Liberty get a much-needed win.
The Liberty's star scored 29 points to help the team overcome a strong effort from Angel McCoughtry and beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 79-72 on Tuesday night.
"It was a much-needed win being that we had just lost a couple of games," Charles said. "The defensive effort is what carried us throughout the game. Katie (Smith) put an emphasis on taking a step up on the defensive end."
Fever get 1st win of season in 96-64 rout of Dream
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored a career-best 21 points to help the Indiana Fever win their first game of the season, beating the Atlanta Dream 96-64 on Saturday night.
The Fever (1-10) trailed 38-35 at halftime before outscoring the Dream 36-16 advantage in the third quarter. Indiana opened the fourth quarter with a 15-6 run to lead 86-60 and put the game away.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes had 23 points, Layshia Clarendon scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Dream beat the winless Indiana Fever 72-67 on Thursday.
Clarendon hit a long 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 60-55 lead with 4:14 remaining and she made a reverse layup on their next possession for a seven-point advantage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 18 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Atlanta Dream 72-64 on Tuesday night.
Odyssey Sims made a hook shot in the lane to extend Los Angeles' lead to eight points with 41.1 seconds to go and Essence Carson had a block at the other end to seal it.
Chelsea Gray added 10 points with seven assists for Los Angeles (6-2). The Sparks won four times during their five-game homestand.
SEATTLE (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored eight of her 23 points in the fourth quarter and Angel McCoughtry had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Atlanta Dream's 67-64 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday.
Damiris Dantas added 12 points, and Jessica Breland had six points, three steals and a season-high 14 rebounds, one shy of her career best. The Dream (4-3) have won three in a row.
Hayes, McCoughtry lead Dream past Aces 87-83
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 24 points, Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists and the Atlanta Dream beat the Las Vegas Aces 87-83 on Friday.
Atlanta went on an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter to extend its lead to 54-37, and McCoughtry put the Dream ahead 87-75 with 2:10 remaining in the fourth. Jaime Nared capped the scoring at the free-throw line with 1.6 seconds left.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points, Damiris Dantas added 15 and the Atlanta Dream beat Connecticut 82-77 on Tuesday night for the Sun's first loss of the season.
Angel McCoughtry made a long jumper with 37.7 seconds remaining to extend Atlanta's lead to 76-69. After Shekinna Stricklen sank a 3-pointer at the other end, the Dream hit four straight free throws to seal it.
ATLANTA (AP) — Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner had 20 points apiece, and combined to score the Mercury's final 20 points, as Phoenix beat the Atlanta Dream 78-71 on Sunday.
Bonner added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals while Taurasi finished with eight assists. Brittney Griner had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Mercury (4-3).
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry made a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left and the Atlanta Dream closed on a 13-4 run to beat the Minnesota Lynx 76-74 on Tuesday night.
McCoughtry drove the lane, passed it to Tiffany Hayes and went to the corner for a wide open 3-pointer. Maya Moore had a 3-pointer hit off the back of the rim at the buzzer.
ATLANTA (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter and Liz Cambage had 14 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help the Dallas Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 80-70 on Saturday night.
Kayla Thornton also scored 14 points for the Wings (2-2).
CHICAGO (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and the Atlanta Dream never trailed as they breezed to an 81-63 victory Wednesday over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday afternoon for their first victory of the season.
The Dream (1-1) recovered from a season-opening 101-78 drubbing against the Dallas Wings and maintained control of this game from start to finish.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Skyler Diggins-Smith scored 25 points, and Liz Cambage had 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help the Dallas Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 101-78 on Sunday.
Christmas-Kelly finished with 15 points, hitting 11 of 14 free throws, and 10 rebounds, Kaela Davis also scored 15 points, and Kayla Thornton added 13 for the Wings (1-1).
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley fired a longtime member of the athletic department after an investigation found he violated the university's sexual violence and sexual harassment policy with former student-athletes, including women's basketball player Layshia Clarendon.