Dream top Sparks, 93-85, and Monica Wright is back for the Lynx

It was a showdown in the first half. But the last two quarters belonged to the Dream, who beat the Sparks, 93-85. Erika De Souza lead the way for Atlanta with 27 points:

ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks had no answer for the inside combination of Erika de Souza and Sancho Lyttle in the second half.

De Souza scored 20 of her career high-tying 27 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 93-85 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night. Lyttle added 10 of her 18 in the second half as the Dream scored a season-high 68 points in the paint and outscored L.A. by 20 from within the lane.

Atlanta coach Michael Cooper was not surprised.

”In taking this job, those were some of the things that I liked,” said Cooper, who coached the Sparks to WNBA titles in 2001 and ’02. ”With Sancho, Erika, Anieka (Henry), and Nadia (Colhado), you have people who can get paint points and work well in the high-low action in the high post. I thought we did well in that regard.”

Box score.

Yes, Kristi Toliver did play, having returned from Slovakia sometime this morning.

Currently the Mercury are beating the Storm. Full results later……

More WNBA news…..

Lynx:

Monica Wright is back at practice.

Mystics:

The young Mystics are making strides.

A minute with Ivory Latta.

Fever:

Today’s practice report: interviews with Briann January and Shavonte Zellous.

Shock:

Q&A with Skylar Diggins.

Dream:

Q&A with rookie Shoni Schimmel.

College news:

Fordham has extended coach Stephanie Gaitley’s contract through the 2021 season.

Binghamton’s coaching staff is now complete.

Vernette Skeete and Scott Merritt join Marquette as assistant coaches.

Danielle Santos is Florida State’s new assistant coach.

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