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Sun Doesn’t Shine in Playoff Opener

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Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Lindsey Harding scored 10 of her 21
points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Dream rallied to beat
the Connecticut Sun 89-84 in Game 1 of their playoff series on
Friday night.

Angel McCoughtry added 16 points for the Dream, despite missing
most of the final period with foul trouble. Erika DeSouza and
Armintie Price had 14 points apiece, and Sancho Lyttle finished
with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Renee Montgomery and Asjha Jones had 16 points apiece for
Connecticut.

Game 2 of the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinals is
Sunday in Atlanta.

Connecticut led 68-63 with 9:10 remaining when McCoughtry was
whistled for her fifth foul. But Iziane Castro Marques came in and
made a pair of 3-pointers to help fuel an 11-4 run.
McCoughtry didn’t return until the final minute.

Atlanta held Connecticut leading scorer Tina Charles to 12
points and outrebounded the Sun 46-29.

Atlanta missed 11 of its first 13 shots and trailed by as many
as eight in the first half, 39-31. But the Dream closed the first
half with an 8-2 run to get within two at the break.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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