12:00 PM ET, June 26, 2012
The Atlanta Dream are looking to win two consecutive games for the first time all season.The Dream will have to go through a team currently on a two-game winning streak of its own as they host the Indiana Fever on Tuesday.The Dream (5-7) have not lost more than two games in a row this year, but they are having a hard time stringing together victories to start a streak in order to contend in the East.Atlanta rebounded from two straight losses with a 74-64 victory Sunday on the road over the New York Liberty, outscoring the Liberty 25-10 in the third quarter.Angel McCoughtry, who leads the league in scoring at 22.7 points, scored 23 and Sancho Lyttle had 19 to lead the Dream, while guard Ketia Swanier contributed nine assists."It's not because of me. It's a team effort and everybody coming together, regrouping after a loss," McCoughtry said of the win.McCoughtry and Lyttle, ranked first and second in the WNBA in steals respectively, also set the tone defensively as the Dream converted 26 turnovers by the Liberty into 31 points.Atlanta averages 10.8 steals, just behind the league-leading Tulsa Shock at 10.9.Indiana (7-4) will look to minimize its mistakes as they have done all year, giving up the ball just 14.7 times a contest, the second lowest in the WNBA.The Fever were able to do just that on Saturday, committing only 13 miscues en route to a 73-70 victory over the Tulsa Shock. Indiana is looking to win three in a row for the first time since starting the year 4-0.Tamika Catchings had 16 points with eight rebounds against the Shock, and Katie Douglas added 14 points, making four 3-pointers.Indiana needed some heroics down the stretch, though, after blowing an 11-point halftime lead as Tammy Sutton-Brown made a tiebreaking free throw and Erin Phillips added a key 3-pointer in the final minute."I thought they would make a run, I knew they would not go away. But we kept our poise and composure. We did what we needed to do to win," Indiana coach Lin Dunn said.Catchings, who grabbed the offensive rebound and assisted on Phillips' 3-pointer, sealed the win with a pair of foul shots. The reigning MVP is averaging 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds this season."I guess you could say the final 3 minutes was `Catchings time," Dunn said.The Fever thrive with a lead at the end of games, converting on 80.3 percent of their free throws this season.This will be the second game of a three game road trip for Indiana, who are 3-3 away from home.Following this game, the Dream will begin a six-game road trip before the Olympic break, a daunting task for a team just 1/3 on the road.This will be the third of five meetings between the two teams. The Fever have won the previous two contests against Atlanta, including a 78-62 victory at Atlanta on May 27th in which Catchings had 25 points and 12 rebounds.McCoughtry has averaged 23.5 points in the two losses this season.