Dream takes 1-0 lead over Fever in Eastern Conference
• ATLANTA 84, INDIANA 79: Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points and Angel McCoughtry 18 as the Dream beat the Fever on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals.
Armintie Herrington had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Atlanta. McCoughtry’s three-point play gave the Dream an 81-75 lead with 1:07 left. The league’s leading scorer then made three free throws down the stretch.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever, the defending WNBA champions, with 21 points, while Erlana Larkins had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karima Christmas and Shavonte Zellous each had 15 points for Indiana.
It’s the third straight year the teams have faced each other in the East finals.
Game 2 is at Indiana on Sunday. The Dream split their two games at Indiana in the regular season.
With the score tied at 56, the Dream scored the last six points of the third quarter. McCoughtry made a running layup, Hayes a layup and Alex Bentley a jumper.
Despite the Dream’s late third-quarter surge, they had a tough time pulling away from the Fever. Indiana stayed in the game with timely baskets from Catchings and a couple of three-pointers from Erin Phillips.
Hayes provided the offense, while Herrington made several hustle plays to help give the Dream the edge late in the game.
USA Basketball invites four Lynx
• Four Lynx players were among the 33 invitees to the USA women’s national team minicamp from Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas. Three of them are guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen and forward Maya Moore, who all played on the gold-medal-winning 2012 Olympic team in London. The fourth invitee is guard Monica Wright, the runner-up for Sixth Woman of the Year in the WNBA this season.
• Moore was awarded the WNBA Community Assist Award for September on Thursday for her contributions to the community.
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